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Perpetual virginity of Mary


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« on: December 05, 2007, 10:59:23 pm »

Although the notable Protestant Reformers questioned many traditional doctrines, the doctrine of Mary’s perpetual virginity was, at least at first, not generally one of them. Martin Luther,[19] Huldrych Zwingli,[20] John Calvin,[21] and John Wesley[22] all arguably accepted its veracity. Diarmaid MacCulloch, a historian of the Reformation, wrote that the reason why the magisterial reformers upheld Mary’s perpetual virginity, and why they had a ‘genuinely deep reverence and affection’ toward Mary, was that she was ‘the guarantee of the Incarnation of Christ’, a teaching which was being denied by the same radicals that were denying Mary’s perpetual virginity.[23] However, the absence of clear Biblical statements expressing the doctrine, in combination with the principle of sola scriptura, kept references to the doctrine out of the Reformation creeds and, together with the tendency to associate veneration of Mary with idolatry[24] and the rejection of clerical celibacy[25] lead to the eventual denial of this doctrine amongst most Protestant churches.

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