Religion: Protestants & Mary

What do Protestant ministers think about the Virgin Mary? Father Kenneth Dougherty of Washington's Franciscan Friars of the Atonement sent a questionnaire to 270 ministers of 17 denominations in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Last week he discussed the 100 replies.

In answer to the question "Do you believe that Mary is the mother of God?" 64% of the ministers said no, 21% said yes, and 15% answered that they were uncertain. Among the larger denominations, most nearly united in favor of the doctrine were the Episcopalians, least the Presbyterians, who were unanimously against it.

Asked why they thought as they...

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