In Defence of Mary
I remember talking to a Protestant who would not accept that Mary is the Mother of God. "The Mother of Jesus in his human nature, yes" she said. "But to call her Mother of God makes her a goddess." Professor Ogunu shows how Mary is the Mother of God as taught by the Catholic Church without ever being considered a goddess. He also shows that this good Protestant had fallen into the heresy of Nestorianism, condemned by the Council of Ephesus in AD 431. When Christians read history, they become Catholics! Professor Ogunu offers us plenty of quotes from the Church Fathers and the Councils of the Church in his responses.
Do Catholics worship Mary? No. Then how is it that we bow down before Mary. It is because Catholics are Biblical Christians. Professor Ogunu shows that in the Old Testament, Abraham bows down before angels. He is not worshiping them. An angel is also described as bowing down before Joshua. He is certainly not worshiping Joshua.
The belief that Mary is the Mediatrix of graces goes back to the 6th century in the East and 9th century in the West. Mary's mediation must always be understood as being secondary to, and dependent on, Christ's primary role as mediator. Mary exercises her role by way of intercession. This is because God allows His creatures to participate in His work without the creature being identified as God. As the author beautifully put it:
Does not the Bible tell us that Mary had other children. The author tells us that there was no
Hebrew word for cousin. They were the cousins of the Lord.
This is a very helpful work of Catholic apologetics.