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Women in early Christianity


_WOMAN_
VOLUME III
_WOMEN OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY_
BY
Rev. ALFRED BRITTAIN and MITCHELL CARROLL, Ph.D.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY
J. CULLEN AYER, Jr., Ph.D.
OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY
[Illustration 1: _SEEKING SHELTER After the painting
by Luc
Oliver Merson
Notwithstanding all that is said in these ancient
writings in
the attempt to do her honor, we must conclude that the
glory of
the halo which beautifies the head of the real Mary is
derived
by reflection from the moral splendor of her Son....
We need
such a poetic creation as Mary; and her place at the
head of all
the daughters of earth is the more secure and
effective because
her figure in authentic history is but a shadowy
outline. The
ideal woman whom all mankind loves and reverences as
Virgin,
Mother, and Saint, is objectified by concentrating in
Mary of
Nazareth all possible feminine grace, beauty, and
purity._]
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