Saturday, March 8, 2008

Mariology: My First Forage Into This Mystery

A quick read of several chapters in 'In Search of Mary' to try once more to understand something of the Roman Catholic view of Mary and perhaps some of the Christian (Protestant) view of her revealed that it was in the early 2nd century that three men (early Church fathers) began to call Mary 'the new Eve.'

Justin Martyr (d.c 165) appears to be the first of the Church fathers to state the Eve-Mary relationship in his 'Dialogue with Trypho.' He saw Eve as the one who introduced sin into the world by succumbing to Satan's sexual advance. Eve then became a threat to male Christian virtue, at least according to the author of 'In Search of Mary.'

The other two early Church fathers who called Mary the new Eve were Irenaeus and Tertullian.

And that's the extent of my far.

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