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.


  1. >two things:1. Let me know what you come up with. I'd like to be in this conversation with you.2. Dogma. Dogma and Dialectic- Have you read Chapter 6 yet in N & N? 3. Wish we would have chatted more at the art show.

  2. >Kim, I have been reading too many books lately, so I am only to the end of chapter four in N&N – but loving it so far.As for Mary… I have looked at three books so far, but not read them in their entirety. They are:"Strange Heaven: The Virgin Mary As Woman, Mother, Disciple And Advocate," by Jon M. Sweeney. Sweeney was a Protestant when he wrote this book, but recently became a Catholic."Mary Through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of Culture," by Jaroslav Pelikan. Pelikan was a noted scholar and historian. He was a Lutheran pastor and later converted to the Orthodox church."Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God," by Scott Hahn. Hahn was a Protestant preacher years ago, then converted to Catholicism, and is now a popular apologist for Catholicism.In order to round out my studies I would like to find some good books on Mary by authors that are Protestant.

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