Mary continues to be a source of theological interest and concern for Catholics and Protestants alike. Mariology was codified in a set of dogmas over the centuries—yet many remain unaware of the biblical, historical, and theological matrix that gave rise to the magisterial teaching.
Working through biblical, patristic, and medieval sources, Aidan Nichols introduces readers to the robust scriptural and theological bases for the Church’s celebration of Mary in its doctrine and liturgy. He presents the work of the Councils and the Magisterium to argue for the crucial relevance of Mary in the theological articulation of the gospel, the celebration and practice of the liturgy, and the sacramental life of the Church. Nichols takes the path set by ressourcement theology in recovering the robust voice of witness to Mary.
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In a book that is brief and seeker-friendly, Father Nichols offers a clear and succinct introduction to the shape of Marian doctrine. Drawing from sacred Scripture, the early Fathers, the church’s living tradition, and liturgy, Nichols summarizes the theological development of the Marian dogmas in a way that is Christocentric and ecumenical. This Rose is a marvel of economy, tracing the divine logic of love and fittingness, demonstrating that Mary is the one who exemplifies the perfection of Christ’s redeeming work. There are few books of such virtue.
—Scott Hahn, Franciscan University of Steubenville and Mundelein Seminary
. . . Aidan Nichols . . . has emerged as the greatest English-speaking dogmatic theologian of our era. Only Father Nichols could have written this book, which amiably unites voices from all periods of the church’s theology and unfolds with winsome precision Mary’s place in the history of salvation and the communion of saints. This book is a dogmatic, historical, and symphonic masterpiece.
—Matthew Levering, The James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
Fr. Nichols writes with an attractive, lucid, and engaging style. . . . This book will be of interest to students of ecclesiology and ecumenism and to all who take seriously the important place of Mary in both doctrine and devotion.
—Finbarr G. Clancy, SJ, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin
Crystal clear, compendious, and compact, this book is a brilliant and useful introduction to Mariology. In it we see a master craftsman at work in Christian theology.
—Francesca Murphy, professor of theology, University of Notre Dame
John Christopher “Aidan” Nichols, OP, (born 17 September 1948) is an academic and Catholic priest. Nichols served as the first John Paul II Memorial Visiting Lecturer at Oxford University for 2006 to 2008, the first lectureship of Catholic theology at that university since the Reformation. He is a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and was formerly the prior of St. Michael and All Angels in Cambridge. He has written many books, including Light from the East: Authors and Themes in Orthodox Theology and Discovering Aquinas: An Introduction to His Life, Work, and Influence.