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Published on May 26, 2014
Class Twenty-eight Virgin Mary: An Atheist Perspective Books Recommended For each class May be found On AtheistScholar.org The Virgin Mary's Image Alterations with each Changing Church Doctrine
References to books that I mention during the lecture may be found in the Bibliography following the written lecture, "An Atheist Perspective on the Virgin Mary," at atheistscholar.org. There is also a link there to the lecture on YouTube.
I am gratefully indebted to the volume "Alone of all Her Sex: The Myth and Cult of the Virgin Mary, by Marina Warner. This lecture would not have been possible without Warner's scholarly research and perspective on the Catholic Church and European History. This lecture will discuss the role of the Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church. With each changing concern and focus as the original Church grew to power, consolidated hegemony as the Church Triumphant, and defended itself from the Protestant Reformation, the portrayal of Mary changed, too