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The Human Person: Dignity Beyond Compare
Sr. Terese Auer, O.P.

Have you ever felt that philosophy is an abstract, useless study for people who like playing mind-games? This introductory exploration of Thomistic theology and philosophy makes it clear that philosophy and theology influence our actions every day in a powerful way—whether we realize it or not. Whether caring for the elderly or saying 'please' and 'thank you,' we are putting into practice a philosophy of the human person—and thousands of unborn children die every day because the majority of Americans either do not agree with this philosophy or are unable to defend it.

The Human Person: Dignity Beyond Compare is a serious look at St. Thomas Aquinas' understanding of human dignity. It combines an introduction to theology and philosophy with a real-life approach and a clear format that includes engaging illustrations, study guide questions, cases in point, side bars of relevant quotes from St. John Paul II and others, and a glossary of philosophic terms.

Topics include:

  • Substances and Accidents
  • Act and Potency
  • Soul and Body
  • Sensations and Emotions
  • Rationality
  • Dignity of animals compared to that of humans
  • Image of God

The 2012 and 2015 editions include “Part II: The Embodied Person,” an introduction to St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the Catholic Church’s teachings on sexual morality. Topics are handled with both honesty and discretion, and provide an excellent preparation for courtship and marriage. High schoolers will complete “Part II: The Embodied Person” with an understanding of the Church’s teachings on sexual morality, as well as the ability to explain these teachings—and their basis in the natural law—to others.

Topics covered in this section include:

  • Sensuality vs. Sentimentality 
  • Men & Women Differ
  • Emotional Love vs. Love Caused by the Will
  • The Nuptial Meaning of the Body
  • The Role of Chastity
  • Modesty Differs in Men and Women
  • Why Rape is a Disordered Act
  • The Meaning and Necessity of Marriage
  • Exclusivity of Marriage
  • Adultery
  • Divorce and Remarriage
  • Annulment
  • Fornication (STDs)
  • Contraception (vasectomy, tubal ligation, abortifacient, spermicides, The Pill, IUD)
  • Natural Family Planning
  • Children: the Supreme Gift
  • Population Myth
  • Homosexuality 
  • Masturbation
  • Pornography
  • Truth in Dating 

The Human Person is highly recommended for any high school student with an interest in the liberal arts of theology and philosophy. This 227-page book offers not only philosophical training, but also practical case considerations to help high school students appreciate the relevance of the material presented. 8½"x11"  Set includes student text and 62-page answer key. If you have more than one student, please purchase additional student texts. Third Edition (2015)

A second book in the series is now available: Called to Happiness: Guiding Ethical Principles!


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