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Mary for Evangelicals: New Book Explores a Biblical Mariology That Has a Lot More to it Than You Think

Catholic Answers
Dec. 5, 2023

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 5, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- When faithful Protestants start feeling themselves drawn toward Catholicism, there's often one thing they stumble over: Catholic teaching about Mary, the mother of Jesus. A new book from Catholic Answers promises to help them clear that hurdle—or at least come to see Catholic beliefs in a more positive light.

In Bible Mary: the Mother of Jesus in the Word of God, Fr. John Waiss presents a rich and scripturally faithful portrait of the one whom the angel Gabriel called "blessed among women." More than a pious devotional, more than a collection of prooftexts to throw back at objectors to the usual Marian doctrines, Bible Mary is the first popular, accessible book to plunge deep into God's written word to build up a comprehensive Mariology that makes sense to Protestants.

After beginning with the traditional "keys" of scriptural interpretation, such as patterns of type and fulfillment from the Old Testament to the new, Fr. Waiss then walks through the many misunderstandings and disputed doctrines about Mary that separate Protestants from Catholics. But in so doing, he does more than give the standard apologetic answers—he builds a positive case, revealing how Mary is not a biblical appendage or afterthought but a central figure from the beginning of salvation history.

"Mary is so often an obstacle for Protestants, or the medicine they think they have to swallow if they want to become Catholic," says Todd Aglialoro, director of publishing for Catholic Answers Press. "But nothing is farther from the truth. Bible Mary shows Protestants and Catholics alike that our beliefs about Mary are part of a beautiful, integrated whole of biblical truth."

About the Author: Fr. John R. Waiss is a priest of the personal prelature of Opus Dei.

SOURCE Catholic Answers

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