Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 125:497 (Jan 1968)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Periodical Reviews

“Can We Learn From Mariology?” Paul K. Jewett, The Christian Century, August 9, 1967, Pp. 1019-21.

Vatican II has done nothing to restrict Rome’s growing cult of Mary or to reverse the trend toward dogmatizing her position as comediatrix with the Lord Jesus Christ. This failure surprised and disappointed many Protestants, but Jewett reveals that “it was while studying at the Catholic Institute in Paris that I became aware that aggiornamento was no threat to the unique place of Mary in Catholic faith and piety” (p. 1020). Pope Paul VI was not merely placating the conservatives within Romanism when he declared at the golden anniversary of Fatima: “Ours can well be called the Marian era.” Mariology constitutes a major obstacle in the path of ecumenically minded Protestants.

Jewett’s conclusion from Rome’s “utterly different mental climate” on the question of Mary is that “it may be that we should stand a little closer to them and that we have something to learn from them, even in the unlikely locus of Mariology. After all, if their theology of the Virgin is too high, maybe ours is too low—if indeed we have any theology of Mary at all” (p. 1020). In that conclusion he illustrates the danger of dialogue, which is the danger of compromise.

The question might well be asked: “Is there properly in Christian theology such a thing as a ‘theology of Mary’?” Christianity does not recognize a theology of Moses or a theology of Paul in the sense in which Romanism promotes her theology of Mary. The theology of Paul is the doctrine which Paul taught in his epistles and his messages as recorded in the book of Acts. But there is no theology concerning Paul, no Paulology. Why, then, should there be a Mariology?

This is not to minimize the importance of the mother of Jesus as a submissive servant of God. But it is to deny to her the quasi-divine position to which Rome has exalted her without Biblical basis, a position implied in the very word Mariology. Scripture knows no theology of Mary, only a person Mary who is illustrative of important spiritual truths applicable to every believer. When Protestants stop using Mary only as a human spiritual example and begin to construct a “theology of Mary,” they have adopted the essence of Roman Mariology.

“Conversion—A Personal Revolution,” Billy Graham, The Ecumenical Review, July, 1967, pp. 271-84.

This entire issue of this official publication of the World Council of churches is devoted to a study of conversion. It is interesting that in such a discussion they would include an article by Billy Graham. From his experience world-wi...

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