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Mary and the Reformation (7) – John Calvin (1509 – 1564) Part 2(Comments Off on Mary and the Reformation (7) – John Calvin (1509 – 1564) Part 2)

September 30, 2017

True praise of Mary

Christian praise is praise of God. Yet Calvin was not against praising Mary if it was done in the right way: “Let us learn to praise the holy Virgin. But how? By going along with the Holy Spirit, and then there will be true praise.” Mary herself recognised that, mere ‘servant of the Lord’ that she was, she was “chosen by God before she was born, even before the creation, and numbered among God’s own, and not as though she had come to God by her own motion.” In the inspired words of Elizabeth, “it is the Holy Spirit who proclaims Mary blessed because she believed, and in praising Mary’s faith generally teaches us where true human happiness is located.” So, Mary is an object of admiration, praise, and imitation.… More

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Zwingli - Part 2

For Zwingli, father of the Reformation in Switzerland, Mary’s exemption from sin was a major reason to sing her praises. ‘Since the beginning of the world’ she alone of all women conceived her Son without transmitting to him ‘the human weakness that we all bring with us from Adam.’ Zwingli uses the term ‘immaculate’ of Mary, though he does not relate her virginal conception of Jesus to her own immaculate conception.… More


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