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By Stephen Benko

The modern look for the female face of God is requiring a re-evaluation of the connection of Christianity to the pagan international during which it got here to start. Stephen Benko techniques this learn as either an historian and a Christian believer. Inquiring into extra-biblical resources of Marian piety, trust and doctrine, he proposes that there's a direct line, unbroken and obviously discernible, from the goddess-cults of the ancients to the reverence paid and at last the cult accorded to the Virgin Mary. bankruptcy through bankruptcy, he seeks to set up his end that during Mariology the Christian genius preserved and reworked the superior and noblest principles that paganism built prior to it. instead of being a "regression" into Paganism, he argues, Mariology is a development towards a clearer and higher knowing of the female point of the divine and the position of the feminine within the historical past of salvation.

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