I’m in some discussions with a protestant friend who has a hard time accepting things that are not easily arrived at using a hermeneutical approach. I’m getting more comfortable answering most of his questions about Tradition and Scripture, but he asked me something the other day that really stumped me.
Why is assent to the doctrines on Mary important?
I understand the definition of the “Mother of God” doctrine was a response to the Nestorian heresy. But what about the Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity and Assumption?
Is Jesus’ life and work any less important or glorious if we don’t believe these things about Mary?
Any light you can shed here is much appreciated.
Thanks in advance,