Staples takes you through the Church’s teachings about the Blessed
Virgin Mary, showing their firm Scriptural and historical roots and
dismantling the objections of those who mistakenly believe that Mary
competes for the attention due Christ alone.
the best recent scholarship with a convert’s in-depth knowledge of
the arguments, Staples has assembled the most thorough and useful
Marian apologetic you’ll find anywhere.
also shows how all the Marian doctrines are relevant—even
essential—to a salvific faith in Jesus. From her divine maternity
to her perpetual virginity, from her Immaculate Conception to her
Assumption, the Church’s core teachings about Mary are intertwined
with the mysteries of Christ. In a word, Mary matters.
Staples presents a remarkable defense of the six major Marian
doctrines, including a veritable compendium of source material from
the Bible, Fathers, and Church documents. He gives clear
presentations of the controversial issues surrounding each doctrine,
makes careful definitions and distinctions, and thinks his way
through each issue as if he were having a conversation with the
reader. Even well-informed readers will benefit from this engaging
Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., president, Magis Center of Reason and Faith