A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary was a Virgin and Why It Matters

A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary was a Virgin and Why It Matters

by Kyle Roberts

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A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary was a Virgin and Why It Matters by Kyle Roberts

The virgin birth is a much-loved story in the Christian tradition. It is the standard "origin story" of Jesus, marking the incarnation of the Son of God. Today, however, many theologians dispute the tradition of the virginal conception on both historical and scientific grounds.As a progressive Protestant theologian--and a husband and a father--Kyle Roberts was growing unsure of his belief in Mary‘s virginity. It contradicted modern science, and it seemed to undermine her feminine power. So he set out to investigate the virgin birth from every angle: the Bible, history, science, and philosophy.A Complicated Pregnancy records his journey through the evidence and the myth. Did the Holy Spirit form Jesus as a zygote in Mary‘s womb? If so, where did Jesus get his male genome? Was Jesus‘s birth really bloodless, as the early church believed, and is Mary a "perpetual virgin"?Roberts‘s quest is a fascinating journey through history, biblical interpretation, and church politics. His conclusion surprised him, and it will surprise you, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506406244
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kyle Roberts is professor of public theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He blogs at Unsystematic Theology, and he's the author of Emerging Prophet: Kierkegaard and the Postmodern People of God.

Table of Contents

Kyle Roberts is professor of public theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He blogs at Unsystematic Theology, and he's the author of Emerging Prophet: Kierkegaard and the Postmodern People of God.

Introduction: "Don't Mess with My Manger Scene!" ix

1 Beautiful Blood 1

2 What's So Bad about Good Sex? 29

3 Virgin Births Happen to Sharks, but Not to Humans 57

4 The Most Powerful Woman in the World 83

5 A Controversial and Too-Silent Night 109

6 How Not to Lose Your Baby Jesus 137

7 God's Deep Dive into Creation 159

Conclusion: A More Human God 190

Acknowledgments 203

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