The Relationship Between Male/Female Identities Along the Biblical-Christian Tradition: Guidelines for Today’s Educations

  • Giuseppe Mari Department of Pedagogy, Sacro Cuore Catholic University of Milan
Keywords: male-female reciprocity; male-female identities; theology of the body; personalization


The article presents anthropological, philosophical and theological foundation of the relationship between male/female identities in the light of the biblical-christian tradition. The first part introduces the concept of the primary reciprocity in Gen 1-2 focusing on affinity and difference between man and woman as well as man and woman’s reciprocal essentiality. The second part pertains to male/female reciprocity according to the “theology of the body” by John Paul II which includes a broad notion of freedom. Lastly, the article describes educational tasks including the nuptiality of human body with regards to Christian personalization. Proposed pedagogical vision involves promoting male and female identities according to their difference and to their common dignity.


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