Lately I have been thinking a lot about Mary, the mother of our lord. I grew up a Protestant, a conservative Baptist actually. Traditionally Baptists tend to define themselves, in part, by being vehemently not Catholic. This includes a serious downgrading of any attention that might otherwise be placed on Mary (God forbid that even a hint of Catholicism be associated with a Baptist). I think, I hope, that times have changed since my youth and that Baptists have eased up on battling as Protestants. I don’t believe in ecumenism merely for ecumenism’s sake, but entrenchment in dogma is not a good thing. Clinging to what one believes is the Truth is good, and necessary, but one should always be willing to change if true Truth warrants. With this in mind, I am wondering if my traditional Baptist thinking on Mary, which I swallowed wholly and uncritically, needs to change. My dogma in this area seems less sound than it once did. So I’m doing some searching and researching.
I welcome any suggestions or ideas for my research.