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Response to the Two Diatribes Below,
This review is from: Hail, Holy Queen (Hardcover)
This is a response to the reviews below. It is composed of four parts:
* They obviously did not read the book. Hahn, throughout the pages, provides an abundance of biblical and theological evidence for the special place of Mary. I will not go into it here. Hahn is quite capable of speaking for himself.
* 2 Timothy 3:16-17 does NOT prove the case of sola scriptura. What it says is that all scripture is profitable for teaching. It does not say that ONLY scripture is profitable for teaching, or that scripture is sufficient. Furthermore, Timothy is a letter by Paul. Where does Paul ever claim that his own letter is to be considered as scripture? In addition, there is nowhere found in the New Testament the words "New Testament." Nor is there in any of the books of the New Testament a list of the New Testament canon. Paul was referring to the Jewish canon of the time, not the New Testament, as it did not exist yet. For more information on this topic, I recommend the books "Not by Scripture Alone" and "Where We Got the Bible."
* "And it happened, as He [Jesus] spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, 'Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!' But He [Jesus] said, 'More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it' " (Luke 11:27,28) Jesus does not deny "blessed is the womb who bore you." He says that in addition to that, blessed are those who, etc. Essentially, Jesus says that the word of God an obedience to it is the highest act, something that no Catholic would ever dispute. The late John Paul II addressed this issue in his encyclical "Redemptoris Mater." Essentially, the Holy Father says that Jesus is extending relationships beyond the purely biological kind. Furthermore, Jesus' words actually praise Mary. In the context of the new covenant, was Mary not the first to hear the word of God and keep it?
* The title "Mother of God" does not mean that Mary preceded God in any way. Since Jesus is both fully human and fully God, Mary is rightfully the Mother of God. Saying that Mary was only the mother of Jesus the human won't work, since that is tantamount to saying that Jesus is separated into human and divine selves, thus denying the trinity.
* The claim that Mary is "long-since dead" will not work. "I am not the God of the dead, but of the living." Furthermore, Moses, Elijah, and others appeared to the apostles. Physical death does not mean that the holy Saints and prophets no longer play a role in this world. If it did, then Moses and Elijah's appearance would have made little sense.
In conclusion, read this book, and keep an open mind.