Mary s Bodily Assumption


Mary s Bodily Assumption

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In Mary s Bodily Assumption, Matthew Levering presents a contemporary explanation and defense of the Catholic doctrine of Mary s bodily Assumption. He asks: How does the Church justify a doctrine that does not have explicit biblical or first-century historical evidence to support it? With the goal of exploring this question more deeply, he divides his discussion into two sections, one historical and the other systematic.

Levering s historical section aims to retrieve the rich Mariological doctrine of the mid-twentieth century. He introduces the development of Mariology in Catholic Magisterial documents, focusing on Pope Pius XII s encyclical Munificentissimus Deus of 1950, in which the bodily Assumption of Mary was dogmatically defined, and two later Magisterial documents, Vatican II s Lumen Gentium and Pope John Paul II s Redemptoris Mater. Levering addresses the work of the neo-scholastic theologians Joseph Duhr, Alo?s Janssens, and R?ginald Garrigou-L