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Immaculate Conception
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[German Version]

is the concise term for the belief of the Roman Catholic Church that Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ was, from the very beginning of her life (passive conception by her parents), preserved from original sin (as the “loss of holiness and righteousness” [DH 1511f.]), or, in positive terms, that she was granted an innate holiness through the electing love of God that chose her to become the mother of the Messiah. The churches of the Reformation rejected this belief as incompatible with Scripture, likewise the Orthodox church…

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Beinert, Wolfgang, “Immaculate Conception”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026215>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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