THE DISPUTE OVER MARY BETWEEN THE PREACHERS JACOB WUJEK AND GREGORY OF ZARNOWIEC. A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF DOGMATIC THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS POLEMIC IN THE POLISH REPUBLIC OF THE 16TH CENTURY (Polish title below)
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(Polish title: Kaznodziejski spór o Marie miedzy Jakubem Wujkiem a Grzegorzem z Zarnowca. Przyczynek do dziejów dogmatyki i polemiki wyznaniowej w Rzeczpospolitej XVI wieku). This article, constituting a contribution to the history of dogmatic theology and religious polemic in the Polish Republic of the 16th century, is devoted to the dispute of the Jesuit priest Jacob Wujek and the Calvinist minister Gregory of Zarnowiec. Subjected to analysis were the texts of sermons from Marian feast days found in the authors' postillas as well as their polemical works praising or defending theses stated earlier. Mariology, as one of the subjects of religious polemic, was examined in terms of both dogmatic theology and religious practices. In the dispute in question Wujek attacked the Protestant articles of faith announced by Mikolaj Rej and taught Catholic learning on Mary. Gregory of Zarnowiec responded in defence of the views of Rej and his postillas, sharply opposing the interpretation of Catholic theologists of certain passages from the Bible referring to the Mother of Christ. In their dispute, mostly based on the Bible, the adversaries availed themselves of quotations from the works of Doctors and Fathers of the Church, as well as other sources. The patristic argument, however, was subordinate in relation to the biblical one, although in the field of Mariology it appeared often, especially in Wujek's work. The polemic took in the whole of the Mariological teaching of the Church. The Calvinist minister questioned the legitimacy of the majority of the titles granted to Mary as well as the celebration of certain feasts, such as the Nativity, Sacrifice and Assumption of Mary. He also condemned Catholic religious customs and practices. His radical view and the Christology in his sermons on Marian feast days contradict the theses of some historians and theologists on the submissive tolerance of Polish Protestants concerning the Marian cult in the 16th century.
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