“AIPARTHENOS | EVER-VIRGIN? Understanding the Orthodox Catholic Doctrine of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Identity of James and the Brothers and Sisters of the Lord” offers a comprehensive, scholarly, yet easy to read treatment of the issue of Mary’s perpetual virginity and of the identity of the “brothers and sisters” of Jesus. Leaving no stone unturned, Pr Cleenewerck explores the three main positions (Epiphanian, Helvidian, Hieronymian), from an Epiphanian/Orthodox perspective. In doing so, he discusses the major arguments brought forth by apologists and scholars on all sides and concludes in favor of the historic belief of Mary’s perpetual virginity. This book will be of particular interest to Evangelical Christians seeking to better understand the Orthodox Catholic position, as well as all Christians wishing to obtain a comprehensive reference on this still-controversial issue.
Fr. Laurent offers a scholarly yet accessible work in summarizing the current positions. He covers all the bases from the Scriptures to early Church history and shows how the Catholic view is very biblical, traditional, and even from a scholarly perspective, the best position to hold. He has unique insights that he shares that helps cement the Catholic position. It’s well worth reading it if you are interested in this topic which has long been controversial since later Protestants started to question Catholic teaching.
He even has a section dealing with heos hou and cites yours truly in the acknowledgement section.