Mary: The Blessed Virgin (Index Page)

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(September 2010, 189 pages)
[see full book content and purchase info.]
Spanish Cover (165 x 246)
“La Virgen de los católicos”: ¿Muy al contrario de la Biblia?
(Spanish translation by Lizette Sellar Moon: June 2017, 220 pages)
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Old Blogspot papers of mine are indicated by an asterisk (*). Be sure to allow a minute or two for them to upload and select versions from July 2015 or earlier.
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GENERAL
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Martin Luther’s Devotion to Mary [1994; clarification of mistaken citation added on 10-4-11] *
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“Live Chat” Debate on Mary (vs. James White) [12-29-00]
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Dialogue with an Evangelical Protestant on Catholic Mariology (vs. Jack DisPennett) (including an explicitly biblical argument for the Immaculate Conception, from Luke 1:28, related exegesis, and the meaning of grace) [1-21-02] *
Catholic Converts’ Qualms: Mariology, Formal Worship, Etc. [2-11-04; some new recommended links added on 5-2-17]
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Dialogue with Protestants on the Irrational, Unbiblical Demand for Multiple, Explicit Scriptural Prooftexts for Every Doctrine (Especially Marian Doctrine: The Virgin Birth as a Difficulty for This View) (8-16-11)
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SINLESSNESS, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, AND THE ANNUNCIATION 
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Reflections on the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary [1994; from first draft of A Biblical Defense of Catholicism] *
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Blessed Virgin Mary & God’s Special Presence in Scripture [1994; from first draft of A Biblical Defense of Catholicism]
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Mary’s Immaculate Conception (James Cardinal Gibbons) [edited in 1994; posted to Facebook on 2-4-17]
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Mary’s Immaculate Conception (Louis Bouyer) [edited in 1994; posted to Facebook on 2-4-17]
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Mary’s Immaculate Conception (Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman) [edited in 1994; posted to Facebook on 2-4-17]
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Mary’s Immaculate Conception (Bishop William Ullathorne) [edited in 1994; posted to Facebook on 2-4-17]
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“All Have Sinned” vs. a Sinless, Immaculate Mary? [1996; revised and posted at National Catholic Register on 12-11-17]
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Was Mary’s Immaculate Conception Absolutely Necessary? [1-5-05; published at National Catholic Register on 12-8-17]
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Sinless Mary: Dialogue w OT Professor (Dr. Jonathan Huddleston) [12-8-14]
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Reflections on the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary [1994] *

Bodily Assumption of Mary (John Saward: Protestant) [edited in 1994; posted to Facebook on 2-4-17]

Bodily Assumption of Mary (Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman) [edited in 1994; posted to Facebook on 2-4-17]

Bodily Assumption of Mary (Archbishop Fulton Sheen) [edited in 1994; posted to Facebook on 2-4-17]

Assumption & Immaculate Conception: Part of Apostolic Tradition (vs. James White) [June 1996]

Mary’s Assumption: Brief Explanation, with a New (?) Biblical Parallel [3-1-07]

Mary’s Assumption vs. Material Sufficiency of Scripture? [4-22-07]

Mary’s Assumption & “Reformer” Heinrich Bullinger [4-6-08]

Mary’s Assumption & Historic Protestantism [6-30-08]

Immaculate Conception and Assumption: Why Defined So Late? [2-1-09]

11 Bible Passages & Mary’s Assumption [2009]

Defending Mary (Revelation 12 & Her Assumption) [5-28-12]

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MOTHER OF GOD (THEOTOKOS) / SPOUSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 
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PERPETUAL VIRGINITY
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Jesus’ “Brothers” Always “Hangin’ Around” Mary … (Doesn’t This Prove That They Are Actually His Siblings?) [8-31-09]
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Perpetual Virginity: Not “Intuitive” But Still True (see also the vigorous discussion with a deist in the combox underneath) [4-13-18]
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Mary’s Perpetual Virginity: Why Does It Matter? [Mark P. Shea, Crisis Magazine, 2-22-11]
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Why Believe in the Perpetual Virginity of Mary? [Mark P. Shea, National Catholic Register, 9-23-12]
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Why Care About the Perpetual Virginity of Mary? [Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery, 8-12-16]
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EARLY PROTESTANTS’ BELIEF IN MARY’S PERPETUAL VIRGINITY
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Mary’s Perpetual Virginity & Protestants [collection of papers, compiled on 5-13-16]
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MARY’S IN PARTU VIRGINITY (MIRACULOUS, NON-NATURAL CHILDBIRTH)

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Mary’s Perpetual Virginity “In Partu” (a Miraculous, Non-Natural Childbirth) is a Binding Catholic Dogma (see also extensive Facebook discussion) [9-24-08; expanded on 9-21-15]

Luther & Mary’s Virginity During Childbirth [10-12-11]

Mary Was a Virgin During Jesus’ Birth (In Partu) [9-19-14; slight modifications and additions on 4-18-18]

Martin Luther’s Belief in the Perpetual Virginity of Mary (+ Reformed Apologist James Swan’s Belittling Contempt of Luther) [9-23-14]

Mary’s Virginity During Childbirth: Ott’s Revision & Latin Analysis [9-29-15]

The Virginitas in Partu Revisited (Msgr.  Arthur Calkins)

The Virgin Birth of Christ — What the Church Really Teaches (Fr. Ryan Erlenbush)

The Virginity of Our Lady In Partu: The Painless, Miraculous Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ (biblical, patristic, and magisterial proofs)

 

VENERATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY / MARIAN DEVOTIONS 

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Jesus’ Use of the Term “Woman” [for Mary. Was it Disrespectful?] (by Jimmy Akin)
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THE ROSARY
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QUEEN OF HEAVEN / QUEEN MOTHER
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Defending Mary (Revelation 12 & Her Assumption) [5-28-12]
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Armstrong vs. Collins & Walls #2: Queen of Heaven [10-18-17]
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Armstrong vs. Collins & Walls #6: Assumption, Queen Redux [10-19-17]
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MEDIATRIX, INTERCESSOR, AND SPIRITUAL MOTHER

Reflections on the Perpetual Virginity, Spiritual Motherhood & Mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary [1994] *

Mary Mediatrix (Fr. William G. Most) [originally compiled in 1994; posted to Facebook on 2-9-17]

Mary Mediatrix: A Biblical Explanation [1999]

St. Alphonsus de Liguori: Mary-Worshiper & Idolater? [8-9-02]

Mary Mediatrix vs. Jesus Christ the Sole Mediator? [1-30-03]

Mary Mediatrix & the Bible (vs. Dr. Robert Bowman) [8-1-03]

Defense of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotion vs. Calvinists [7-16-07]

Biblical Evidence for Mary Mediatrix [11-25-08]

Immaculate Heart of Mary & Mary Mediatrix (Excessive Devotions?): Explanations Especially for New Converts to the Catholic Faith [11-25-08]

Was St. Louis de Montfort a Blasphemous Mariolater? (cf. abridged, National Catholic Register version) [2009]

Martin Luther’s Belief in the Invocation and Intercession of Mary and the Saints, as Late as 1521 [10-4-11]

Does Invoking Mary at Death Ignore Jesus? [2013]

Dialogue with an Anglican on “Praying to Mary,” Patron Saints, Etc. [11-10-14]

Mary Mediatrix: A Biblical & Theological Primer [9-15-15]

Reply to Lutheran on Invocation of Saints [12-1-15]

Mary Mediatrix? [Collection of papers compiled on 4-6-16]

Exchange on Catholic Mariology and Mary Mediatrix [Facebook, 12-3-16]

Exchanges with Protestants on Alleged Excesses in Catholic Marian Devotion [Facebook, 1-4-17]

Lutheran Pastor Bashes Prayer to Mary and the Rosary (“Vain Repetition”) [5-5-17]

Mary Mediatrix: Contrary to Jesus as Savior? (Mere Vessels vs. Sources) [Facebook, 8-15-17]

Todd Baker’s Exodus from Rome (Tradition, Mary, Sola Fide) [4-23-18]

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  • I have a question about Mary and Original Sin that has been bothering me for a while.

    The way I understand it, the consequences of Original Sin include – concupisence, ignorance or difficulty in knowing the truth, fears/anxieties, and physical infirmities.

    Since Mary and Jesus didn't have Original Sin, did they have doubts/were they ignorant? I guess they suffered temptation, though they weren't naturally inclined toward evil (concupisence) like fallen men/women are. Jesus obviously suffered anxiety/fear – him praying in the garden, for example. But what about doubts? What about physical infirmities? Obviously, Jesus died a physical death and was persecuted.

    Could it be that Mary, though her soul was sinless/spotless, was not "turned away" or "stained" with original sin, still nevertheless had a post-fall body?

    I know the Church teaches that Jesus was like us – a human mind, will, body, etc – in all ways but sin. I'm just wondering what consequences from original sin did Jesus (and Mary) not suffer from that we do suffer from.

    This question is one of the ones that's keeping me from joining the Church. And I'm really curious what the Church's official teachings on this is.

    Thanks for all you do,
    pray for me,

    Chris

  • Hi Chris,

    Good questions. It just so happens that very recently I dealt with Mary's impeccability.

    Jesus had no doubts, since He was God and knew perfectly well what the theological truth and spiritual reality was. He had no ignorance because in His Divine Nature He was omniscient.

    Jesus was tempted by the devil, but with no possibility of succumbing. Jesus truly suffered, but in a way that excluded doubt or despair. He could suffer from physical infirmities. The crucifixion shows that.

    Here are my papers that deal with these questions:

    Is the Blessed Virgin Mary Impeccable (i.e., Incapable of Sinning)?

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2009/10/is-blessed-virgin-mary-impeccable-ie.html

    Could Jesus Have Possibly Sinned or Succumbed to Temptation?

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2006/08/could-jesus-have-possibly-sinned-or.html

    Tempting God and the Impeccability of Jesus: God the Son

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2008/09/tempting-god-and-impeccability-of-jesus.html

    The Last Temptation of Christ and Cinematic Historical and Theological Accuracy + Christian Filmmaker's Creed (with Dr. Stanley D. Williams)

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2007/01/last-temptation-of-christ-cinematic.html

    A Straightforward Biblical Argument For the Sinlessness of Mary

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2009/04/straightforward-biblical-argument-for.html

    Feel free to ask follow-up questions. Just get my attention on this blog. Sometimes I may miss a comment because only five present ones are listed on the sidebar.

  • Hi Chris.
    I would like to try and answer some of the questions which you have asked.
    To begin with ,you began asking the wrong way,why? because you already have some preconceived ideas in your head and you have decided that what you know must be the truth and because it is the truth,that`s why i disagree with the church….
    To begin with,who told you ,that our Lord was afraid in the garden????this is what the cathechism tells us about the agony in the garden…The agony at Gethsemani

    612 The cup of the New Covenant, which Jesus anticipated when he offered himself at the Last Supper, is afterwards accepted by him from his Father's hands in his agony in the garden at Gethsemani,434 making himself "obedient unto death". Jesus prays: "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me. . ."435 Thus he expresses the horror that death represented for his human nature. Like ours, his human nature is destined for eternal life; but unlike ours, it is perfectly exempt from sin, the cause of death.436 Above all, his human nature has been assumed by the divine person of the "Author of life", the "Living One".437 By accepting in his human will that the Father's will be done, he accepts his death as redemptive, for "he himself bore our sins in his body on the tree."
    And if you remember that one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is fortitude.So do you think that the messiah Himself the anointed one didnt have the gifts of the Holy Spirit and especially fortitude and so according to you he experienced fear???He was telling the apostles and everyone he met do not fear,and he was almost running to the cross ,and do you think that when the time had come,he was afraid?and also remember that at pentecost ,when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles,they also were not afraid anymore…..

  • Hi Chris again.
    And then we come to the question of doubt.Again the first Eve had doubts in God`s words,but not the new Eve,the blessed virgin Mary,in fact one of the greatests church fathers thought the same thing and the church refused this idea…So the blessed virgin mary didnt have any doubts neither did our Lord Jesus…
    Now if you want to have all the answers which you are looking for and much more,then i suggest that you check the cathechism of the catholic church and also on the net,there is a catholic encyclopedia which i know that you will love,it`s called new advent.In it you can check about original sin,about the immaculate conception and any other thing which you want to check.
    Plz do not think that i am being rude,i am just trying to give you a brotherly advice.When you need to ask something about anything,because the way you ask is not like someone asking to understand,but like someone asking to criticise and to find a reason why he shouldnt join the church.So plz Chris,first check what the church teaches about certain specific things and then look for the answers from the same church,and not already in advance say i know this like that and because of this or that i cant accept or understand this thing…
    I hope that you understand what i am trying to tell you.We encourage you and want you to ask and research and understand,but as i told you,you should ask with an open mind and not with some preconceived ideas which might be wrong…
    GBU

  • Shalom

    I heard an Orthodox Priest wrote that Mary didnt Spoke in tongues. is it true?