Denver, Colo., Jul 21, 2010 / 09:39 am America/Denver (CNA).
Adding to the current debate on how to best present the teachings of John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand provided CNA with her latest essay contrasting the approach of her late husband, noted philosopher Dietrich Von Hildebrand, with the methods of the popular speaker Christopher West.
With the start of the first U.S. Theology of the Body Congress being just over a week away, Alice Von Hildebrand explained to CNA her intent in writing the essay, titled “Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Catholic Philosopher, and Christopher West, Modern Enthusiast: Two Very Different Approaches to Love, Marriage and Sex.”
“I started working on this article last September, at the request of several friends who were seriously concerned about some of the formulations of Christopher West and questioning whether he could truly be called a disciple of John Paul II, whose writings never evoked negative responses from Catholics,” Von Hildebrand told CNA.
Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand, a noted philosopher herself, wrote “Man and Woman: A Divine Invention,” which was recently released by Sapientia Press and is a continuing dialogue on her previous work, “The Privilege of Being a Woman.” She also has contributed to the efforts of the Von Hildebrand Legacy Project, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and republishing the writings of her late husband.
Speaking on the effects her husband's works have had in shaping her latest essay, Von Hildebrand said, “My late husband's book: In Defense of Purity (which I read when I was nineteen, and had a profound influence on my life), is so deeply rooted in the sacred tradition of our beloved Holy Church, that it occurred to me that a parallel study of his thoughts and the presentation of Christopher West, might be enlightening.”