Theology: What Mary Means to Protestants

Next to papal infallibility, the biggest barrier to Catholic-Protestant unity is the humble Jewish girl who gave birth to Jesus of Nazareth. By popular piety and papal decree, Roman Catholics have gradually elevated Mary to the queen of heaven, born free of sin and assumed bodily into heaven. Marian "maximalists" even yearn for the day when a Pope will promulgate new dogmas that in union with her son she is redemptress of the human race and mediatrix of God's grace to men. For centuries, Protestants have reacted by condemning Catholic "Mariolatry" as...

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