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Two great theologians endeavor to recover the centrality of Marian doctrine and devotion for the contemporary Church, offering a view of Mary as both the embodiment of the Church, and the mother who cooperates in giving birth to the Church in the souls of believers....

Title : Mary: The Church at the Source
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ISBN : 9781586170189
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 178 Pages
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Mary: The Church at the Source Reviews

  • booklady
    2019-05-08 02:38

    Despite its title this is not so much a book on Mary or Mariology per se as it is a book on the Church’s understanding of itself through its understanding of Mary in relationship with Jesus, hence the title, Mary: The Church At Its Source. Although Mariology is an impossibly broad topic to begin with it is still generally limited – according to the Catholic Encyclopedia – to, ‘the doctrine of the Mother of God, (which) cannot be separated either from the person or from the work of the Redeemer and therefore has the deepest connection with both Christology and Soteriology,’ and doesn’t explore questions of Church identity in quite the way this book does. However, for that reason, this isn't really a good book for someone looking to begin their studies on the Mother of God. It has limited and narrowly-defined objectives which it clearly sets out and beautifully meets. It was interesting (and recommended) to read this book during the Liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas as well as in conjunction with Bud McFarlane’s Pierced by a Sword another book with deep Marian significance. The first half of the book is a collection of essays written by Pope Benedict XVI and the second half are written by the Catholic theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar. Each essay is a stand-alone entity and as such they can be read in any order, although I did see some benefit in reading them in chronological order. Readers can expect to learn about Marian doctrine and piety in faith, especially Mary’s significance to her children as ‘Woman’, our mother and as she represents the Church.Highly recommended—especially during Advent—which is when I read it the first time. Since then I have found it to be an excellent resource.

  • Nick
    2019-05-13 04:53

    This series of lectures and essays on Mariology, along with a class on the subject I took at Mundelein, have totally revolutionized the place Marian doctrine and devotion has in my life. Formerly, I regarded the discipline of Mariology as an obscure, restricted study of 18th- and 19th-century works on Marian devotion, devoid of much systemazation or relevance to Church teaching on Mary, let alone the life of the Church as a whole. With then Cardinal Ratzinger's and von Balthasar's exposition of the subject, I was disabused of my disregard of Mariology in general. In fact, in the Church's teaching on the person of Mary, the subjects of human freedom and divine grace, biblical theology, theological anthropology, Church history, ecclesiastical office, and the form of discipleship--just to name a few--converge. In this way, Mary provides an entry point into all these various dimensions of theology and serves to unite them. I would highly recommend this book to all interested in discovering the foundations of the Church's teaching on Mary, especially those who are puzzled by the apparently undue emphasis Catholic teaching places upon her.

  • нєνєℓ¢ανα
    2019-05-11 03:43

    This book reflects the Mariology of Pope Benedict XVI. I love it all...

  • Vinnie Santini
    2019-05-23 08:36

    Good, but as a Protestant not what I needed.

  • Eric
    2019-05-04 04:30

    Wonderful in the argument building. This book really defines well the role of the laity, of the priestly office, and what and who the Church are as a whole.

  • Steve
    2019-05-11 02:52

    A decent book with some good points. This book is not to be used as an introduction to Mariology, but rather, must be read by one with a grip on the basics of Mariology or the reader will be overwhelmed or misguided. There is a marked difference in the way these two great theologians think and explain the truths of the faith. Ratzinger explains Mariology from its fittingness while Balthasar explains Mariology from the point that it must have been so. I am more inclined to agree with the fittingness arguement - God did not have to do anything, but it is fitting the way that he did it.

  • Jenn
    2019-04-28 07:43

    A typology of the Church. I was very taken by von Balthazar's comparison of the feminine and masculine aspects of the Church and how we are forgetting the beauty of the feminine because of the misconception that the masculine is greater.

  • Rachel Noffke
    2019-05-14 09:29

    Quite good!

  • Kelly Schmidt
    2019-05-25 09:46

    This was a beautiful collection of thoughts on Mary from Pope Benedict XVI...the pictures included really add to it.

  • John
    2019-05-18 03:47

    Deep theology!

  • Patricia Pryor
    2019-05-04 08:36

    This is a beautiful book filled with inspiring photography.