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About the author:
Kristofer Carlson grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During his twenty four year career with the U.S. Air Force, he completed three undergraduate and one graduate degree. He retired to take a position as registrar with the American Lutheran Theological Seminary. During his tenure he assisted the president with seminary administration, including researching and writing articles for their denominational magazine and preparing assorted theological papers. During his time at the seminary, Kris began the research that eventually became the book you see before you. A little over a year after leaving the seminary, he and his wife were Chrismated into the Eastern Orthodox Church. He currently attends Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church in Virginia, and is hard at work on his second book, entitled "Hidden in Plain Sight".

Why Mary Matters

Protestants and the Virgin Mary

Authored by Kristofer J Carlson
Edition: Fourth

Protestants tend to think of the Virgin Mary as a bit player in the first Christmas pageant; as a young Jewish peasant girl who quickly fades into the background of the Gospel story; as an incidental participant in the incarnation; and as an example of Christian obedience and womanly submission; and see no evidence in the scriptures to convince them otherwise. I know this, because this is how I was brought up in the faith. After years of study, and based on Sacred Scripture, I have been forced to accept certain Marian doctrines that initially made me uncomfortable.

Since originality in theological matters is something to be avoided, I proudly state that you will find nothing original in this book. The most I can claim is some originality in the way the information is presented. I wrote the book I have been unable to find, and for the Protestant I once was - and in many ways, still remain. Since I wrote this book with the Protestant in mind, I attempt to place the Virgin Mary within a larger theological context and illuminate some of the more troubling Mariological doctrines.

My hope is that the record of my exploration of Marian doctrine will be interesting, and that my attempt at providing answers to the important Marian questions will be useful. I acknowledge that although the Marian questions deserve answers, the attempt to provide the answers is problematic; and, for those whose minds are already made up, the attempt is likely futile. I therefore ask you to examine the Sacred Scriptures with an open mind, to see them through another person's eyes, and to examine the views of people you might normally discard out of hand. If you do this, even if you remain unconvinced, you will find the process spiritually rewarding.

Publication Date:
0692273190 / 9780692273197
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christianity / Orthodox

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