For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Isaiah 55:12

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By all measures, Mary is a most remarkable woman. Chosen by God to bear the Messiah, there are few women in history who are regarded as highly as Jesus’ mother. Some Christian traditions, like Roman Catholicism, have granted Mary an almost God-like quality. This has developed over many centuries, with early church fathers extolling Mary’s virtue above all women.

While some Protestant traditions have latent Mariology in them (e.g., Lutheranism, Anglicanism), by and large Protestants reject Catholic dogmas concerning Mary, often considering them ‘Mariolatry’ or a form of idolatry that detracts from Jesus’ supreme place as sole Mediator and Saviour. At times, though, in a possible over-reaction to Catholic doctrine, Protestants treat Mary with an irreverence that considers her just another woman.


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