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dc.contributor.advisorEvans, B., Prof
dc.contributor.authorLappin, John
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-29T14:57:23Z
dc.date.available2020-01-29T14:57:23Z
dc.date.issued1998
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/33965
dc.description.abstract"Nothing amuses Catholics more than the suggestion in so much of the old Protestant propaganda, that they are to be freed from the superstition called Mariolatry, like people freed from the burden of the daylight." *( G. K. Chesterton, The Catholic Church and Conversion.) Since my arrival and involvement in a predominantly Roman Catholic community, I have become more and more aware ofa lack of knowledge ( and possibly, understanding) of Mariology. My evangelical Protestant upbringing has been confronted with the devotion to Mary, expressed by newly-found friends. This has fostered the determination to examine the subject. The following pages are the product of an attempt to investigate the background to, and the continuing influences and effects ofMariology. At the outset, I assumed that my venture would follow a pathway of'Mariolatry;' but I was assured by a Roman Catl1olic priest that 'Mariology' was the topic to be addressed. Impressions of Mary have been taken from various quarters and commentators, in order to present a survey of Mary's place, privileges, attributes and reputation, from historical vantage points, (from antiquity until the present), manned mainly by Fathers of the Church and churchmen. Together with the Roman Catholic Tradition, those of the Orthodox persuasion, the Reformed Churches, the Anglo-Catholics, ( and Muslims ), have provided their own varying perceptions of the subject; all of which have to be considered within the evolution of ideas that have emanated from a variety of sources. The Graeco-Roman religious beliefs and practices, Jewish teaching, interpretation of the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments, ( and the Apocrypha ), together with new philosophical concepts, have had their respective influences on the Marian discussion. The comparatively recent attempts to concentrate on the Scriptures, in order to vindicate the Marian cult, have not overcome the problems raised by historical speculations. Obviously a gulf will always exist between those who formulate their 'doctrine' on the bases of Scripture and Tradition, and those who depend solely on Scripture. This exercise has been undertaken within the latter inclination. While the result, for myself, has been a more comprehensive appreciation of its evolution, coupled with a better understanding of Mary's place in popular devotion, the quest, so far, has also strengthened the conviction that the theme, as a whole, will remain contentious. On the other hand, the polemic, provoked by non Scriptural claims, may well lead to the diminution of a more balanced appreciation of Mary's role in God's purposes.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherNorth-West University (South-Africa). Potchefstroom Campusen_US
dc.subjectDivergent observationsen_US
dc.subjectOutside the Protestant Ethosen_US
dc.subjectFocusing attention on Maryen_US
dc.subjectReflections from Antiquityen_US
dc.subjectChallenge and Competitionen_US
dc.subjectThe Search for Maryen_US
dc.subjectObservations on the Scripturesen_US
dc.subjectEarly Christian Writers in the 2nd. 3rd. Centuriesen_US
dc.subjectMary's virginityen_US
dc.subjectThe Mother of God Debateen_US
dc.subjectSyrian Post-Ephesine Fathersen_US
dc.subjectChanging moods of Historyen_US
dc.subjectProspects of the the Immaculate Conceptionen_US
dc.subjectTrends of the Middle Agesen_US
dc.subjectContinuing debate on the Immaculate Conception:en_US
dc.subjectNew and 'Reformed ideas'en_US
dc.subjectChanging symbolism of Mary:en_US
dc.subjectThe Age of Enlightenmenen_US
dc.subjectSpectrum of the Twentieth Centuryen_US
dc.titlePerspectives of Mariologyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.thesistypeDoctoralen_US
dc.contributor.researchID24926906 - Evans, David Byron


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