Greetings my fellow brothers and sisters! Be well and happy today.
My motivation for starting this thread is to hopefully gain a better understanding of the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary. What I am hoping is to have a dialogue or perhaps even a single post that provides…I guess I’m looking for an epistomological justification or explanation that isn’t dogmatic or doesn’t makes an appeal to authority. I’m more interested in the ontological implications of this belief. Questions I guess I would want answered, but not necessarily limited too, would be: Outside of dogmatic assertions, why is this belief necessary for us? What benefit does this provide? What is the critical aspect(s) of this belief that makes it a requirement in order for our faith to be whole? In other words, why is our faith incomplete if we do not believe this doctrine? Again, these questions aren’t intended to be exhaustive but only to hopefully illustrate what I’m driving after. Just to reiterate, I’m not interested in dogmatic assertions or appeals to authority (i.e., We need to believe this because person X said so).
My role in this dialogue is not to be confrontational. I will not try to debunk the belief. Any contributions that I make to this thread, they will be to ask for clarification or for further understanding of a point, and to ask questions that bring ideas to their logical conclusion. I am interested in an honest dialogue and exploration of this topic. An so, I am calling on the intellectually honest to help me to understand this doctrine better. No others need to apply.
Thank you in advance for your time.