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UPDATE ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Update on the Writing of POPULAR BELIEFS: ARE THEY BIBLI- CAL?
The research and writing of the new book Popular Beliefs: Are They Biblical? is progressing well, though this past week my research and writings was slowed down by the many demands on my time. Coming back home after spending 20 days in England speaking at three rallies, I found a backlog of important messages that I needed to answer. Yet, I did make a good start on the next chapter entitled “Mariolatry,” which by God’s grace I hope to post it within the next ten days.
This chapter on the devotion and worship of Mary is an important chapter, because as TIME magazine notes in a cover story entitled “The Search for Mary,” “both the adoration and the conflict attending Mary have risen to extraordinary levels. A grass-roots revival of faith in the Virgin is taking place worldwide. Millions of worshippers are flocking to her shrines, many of them young people. Even more remarkable are the number of claimed sightings of the Virgin, from Yugoslavia to Colorado, in the past few years.”
On November 21, 1964, the Second Vatican Council predicted in its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, called Lumen Gentium, that Mary’s intercessions “before the Son in the fellowship of all the saints” may succeed in “bringing together in peace and harmony into one People of God” all the families of the earth (#69). At that time Protestant viewed this suggestion as ridiculous, but today the situation has changed. Recent publications by Protestants on Mary indicate that she could indeed be the ecumenical bridge that is being built by eroding the Protestant rejection of Catholic dogmas about Mary.