Writings

Does the “Unreasonable” Nature of the Virgin Conception Invalidate the Story of Jesus?

For some, the miraculous claim of the virgin conception of Jesus disqualifies the Gospel accounts as reliable history. The famous writer, atheist and debater, Christopher Hitchens regularly referred to the virgin conception as a clear example of the unreasonable nature of the Gospels. Hitchens would occasionally attempt to demonstrate the …

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Was the Virgin Conception an Invention of Jewish Christians?

I’ve been writing lately about the “virgin conception” of Jesus. Is this an essential truth claim of Christianity? Is it reasonable Jesus could have been conceived in such a miraculous way? Was the “virgin conception” borrowed from mythologies that preceded Jesus? If the “Virgin conception” is true, why didn’t Paul …

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Did the “Virgin Conception” First Appear Late in History?

Some critics have argued the “virgin conception” of Jesus is a late mythological addition attributed to Christian believers many centuries after the fact. These skeptics presume, of course, the Gospels of Matthew and Luke were written far later than the 1st Century, when eyewitnesses would have been available to refute …

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The Essential Nature of the Virgin Conception

As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, I’ve been thinking a lot about the birth of Jesus and the Christian claims related to His conception. The “virgin conception” is an essential belief of the authors of Scripture and the early Church. It is listed in the earliest creeds as an …

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What Do We Mean When We Use the Term, “Virgin Conception”?

We’re approaching another Christmas holiday; our annual opportunity to reflect on the birth of the Savior and the gift of Salvation. The Christmas story is a true story, as recorded in the birth narratives of the Gospels. As a Christian, I accept the details offered by the Gospel authors, including …

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