Sunday, December 22, 2013

Immaculate Misconceptions*

Christmas, Americans and the Virgin Birth:

"A 2008 Barna Poll found that 75 percent of Americans believe the Virgin Birth, including 15 percent of atheists."

Makes ya wonder about the value of polling.

To say nothing of anything like human consistency.

'via Blog this'

*BTW, the Virgin Birth of Christ and the Immaculate Conception of Mary are two quite distinct items: the immaculate conception refers to the conception by Mary's parents, Joachim and Anna, of their daughter. She was conceived in the normal way, but bore no Original Sin. Her later conception and birth-giving of Jesus was virginal; no male involved.  (Why let all that theological education go to waste?)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

1. The Star Wars saga manages to recap the Virgin Birth idea in Anakin, whilst the closest thing to the deity in it is the merely impersonal 'Force' which isn't even unambigously good. Perhaps people just like the concrete things in myths more than the abstract.

2. I wonder if that figure is less or greater than the percentage of atheists who believe in Santa Claus.


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