13th April 2011

“Although the virgin birth cannot be understood as a historical-biological event, it can be regarded as a meaningful symbol at least for that time.”

Hans Küng

7 Responses to “13th April 2011”

  1. CaptainZero Says:

    This from a catholic priest? Has there been an outbreak of sanity? The idea of the virgin birth was indeed a powerful symbol in several religions. What’s so good about it, anyway? Rather than worshiping god-men it would have been more productive to admire good-men.

  2. Dan Says:

    CaptainZero,
    Agreed. This doesn’t seem like all that impressive an outbreak of sanity to me – how can it be regarded that a virgin birth was a meaningful symbol even for that time?

  3. Atheist MC Says:

    It’s all Greek to me too.

  4. R J Says:

    …………..oh, pooh

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Exactly! As a significant story/character for that era. An era when men where frightened of lightening and thunder, the eclipse, night time, and believed all kinds of silliness you might expect from ignorant ancient nomads.

    In Dan Gilbert’s book Stumbling on Happiness is a story of a pygmy that had lived all his years in the dense jungle. When an anthropologist brought him out of the jungle to the plains the pygmy asked about the type of insect he saw on the horizon. The antrhopologist explained that it wasn’t insects on the horizon but Buffalo.

    The pygmy laughed and accused the anthropologist of lie and thinking the pygmy stupid.

    Seems living in the dense jungle, never seeing the horizon, they pygmy had simply never learned about objects in the distance and didn’t have a framework for understanding.

    Much like the ancient nomads he wasn’t able to see the stupidity in virgin birth. He was given a simple story, took it on faith, and bought into nonsense.

    Buffalo on the horizon to a pygmy or virgin giving birth to an ancient nomad, same thing: Ignorant people of an era buying into nonsense.

  6. CaptainZero Says:

    Sinjin – what a great example! “Buffalo on the horizon” just made it into my lexicon.

  7. greateighthsin Says:

    Lol. Talk about a rip off of the Allegory of the Cave, Sinjin 😛