Reforming Mary: Changing Images of the Virgin Mary in Lutheran Sermons of the Sixteenth Century

Hardcover | December 8, 2004

byBeth Kreitzer

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Catholics and Protestants have, since the earliest days of the Reformation, held markedly different views about the Virgin Mary. In Reforming Mary Beth Kreitzer examines the development of Lutheran views on this subject as expressed in 16th-century Lutheran published sermons, starting with theearliest of Luther's own Reformation sermons. She shows that from the beginning Lutherans rejected much of the theology and piety that surrounded Mary in Catholicism, especially her status as heavenly queen and intercessor with Christ. They affirmed those orthodox teachings about Mary that related to Christ (the Virgin's role as Theotokos, thevirgin birth) and by extension Mary's purity, or perpetual virginity. As time went on Lutheran preachers showed less interest in Mary as a topic and by the later part of the century showed an increasingly harsh and critical view of her. These later sermons reveal a new willingness, in opposition toreceived tradition, to impute sin to Mary. Kreitzer attributes this changed attitude to the increasing distance of Lutherans from their Catholic roots, the logical results of theological changes in the Reformation, and a perception of an increased threat of re-catholicization. Finally, she shows, Mary was pressed into service by preachers who endeavored to instruct the laity in both what to believe and how to live, making a causal connection between being a good Christian and being a good citizen of society. In this context, Mary was used as a role model and was oftenpromoted as an exemplar for females in ways that served to constrain and domesticate women, placing them more firmly under male authority. But despite the attempts by preachers to domesticate and mold her, Kreitzer argues, the Lutheran Mary remains a complex and paradoxical figure.

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Catholics and Protestants have, since the earliest days of the Reformation, held markedly different views about the Virgin Mary. In Reforming Mary Beth Kreitzer examines the development of Lutheran views on this subject as expressed in 16th-century Lutheran published sermons, starting with theearliest of Luther's own Reformation sermon...

Beth Kreitzer teaches in the Department of History at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:December 8, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Kreitzer uses the lively texts of Lutheran sermons--by Luther himself and other preachers--to investigate the impact of the Protestant Reformation on beliefs about Mary. Was she still to be emulated? Did she provide a special model for women? The book provides food for thought not only forscholars of religion, but also for those interested in the role of the Virgin for contemporary Christians."--Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee