New York: Sheed and Ward, 1964. First edition. Octavo, original navy cloth, original dust jacket. Very gentle bumping to two corners, clean dust jacket with very little toning. Nearly-fine. Item #594
"WHY DID GOD CHOOSE MARY?" First edition of this meditation by the controversial Dominican theologian on the tension between mysteries and the doctrines of Mariology. Devotion to the Mother of Christ, the most sublime of all human beings is often beset by confusion, mischaracterizations, and misunderstandings. Schillebeeckx sought clarity and balance by charting a middle course, avoiding the sentimental exaggerations of Marian devotion as well as the extreme rationalizations that threaten the role of prayer. Schillebeeckx is always careful to situate Mariology within a broader, essential Christology. Mary is defined as both the "first fruit" of the Redemption and, in turn, the Mother of all redeemed mankind. The book consists of: Introduction. Part I: Mary, Christ's Most Beautiful Creation: God's Call to Us in Her, 1. The Scriptural Image of the Mother of Jesus, 2. Mary's Place in the History of Redemption, 3. The Divine Reason for Mary's Place in the Plan of Salvation. Part II: Our Vital Response to Mary Our Mother, 4. The Veneration of Mary, 5. Conclusion: Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope. Sometimes seen as a member of the second generation of theologians advocating a modern "Nouvelle Theologie," Schillebeeckx became entangled in controversy during the 1960s. His role at the Second Vatican Council, his involvement as a founding member of the journal Concilium (1965), and with the "New Dutch Catechism" (1966) led to charges, and an investigation, of heresy. Translated by N.D. Smith from the third revised Dutch edition. Approbations.