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"'God so Loved the World, that He Was Born of a Woman'. Mary's Place in God's Loving of His Creation."

Arendarcikas, Birute (2015) "'God so Loved the World, that He Was Born of a Woman'. Mary's Place in God's Loving of His Creation.". In: Orientale Lumen: Australasia and Oceania IV: "Churches East and West Questioning the Modern Context". Freedom Publishing, Bayswater, Victoria, pp. 67-74. ISBN NA

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Abstract

The person of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a cherished element in all of the apostolic churches, East and West. This paper attempts to contribute to a deeper appreciation both of Mariology and its relation to other areas of Christian theology, primarily in the light of Alexander Schmemann's theology of Mary. In his work The Journals of Father Alexander Schmemann 1973-1983 (2000) Schmemann wrote: lithe Orthodox man begins with the 'end', with the experience, the breakthrough, the very reality of God, the Kingdom, Life - and only afterwards does he clarify it, but in relation to the experience he has had". Accordingly, Schmemann's theology of Mary is clearly experiential. It arises from the catholic and living experience of the church. This paper will focus primarily on Schmemann's series of sermons on "The Mother of God", uncovering some of his theological insights of Mary. This paper will argue that Mary is a significant part of the answer to the question of what Christians of the East and of the West have to offer by way of response to our increasingly dehumanised and alienated world.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Alexander, Schmemann; blessed, virgin, mary, mariology, east, west, church
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220406 Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Birute Arendarcikas
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 01:09
Last Modified: 05 May 2016 01:09
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1925

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