TOB 2: “Into the Deep”
This course covers those sections of teaching not addressed in TOB I. Particular attention will be paid to the “hidden addresses” of the TOB, that is, to John Paul II’s mystical reflections on the erotic poetry of the Song of Songs. Although they are an official part of the pope’s teaching, these reflections were deemed “too delicate” for the public audience format and were never delivered. They lay dormant in the Vatican archives and were only discovered after John Paul II’s death.
Christopher West, M.T.S.
As one of its founders, Christopher has served the TOB Institute in various capacities since 2004: as the leading faculty member, as a board member, a research fellow, and a curriculum advisor. He was appointed President in 2018. His global lecturing, best-selling books, multiple audio and video programs, and popular podcast (co-hosted by his wife Wendy) have made him one of the world’s most recognized teachers of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Of all his titles and roles, however, he is most proud to call himself a devoted husband and father.