maggiekb at April 7th, 2014 10:56 — #1
crenquis at April 7th, 2014 11:15 — #2
The other thing that can cause a virgin birth is mistranslation...
gwwar at April 7th, 2014 11:16 — #3
vnend at April 7th, 2014 11:38 — #4
There is also a possibility that the article doesn't consider: that Mary was herself a chimera, with some aspect of an subsumed fraternal (male) twin providing the Y in some admittedly bizarre way. Not much more unlikely than (most of) the ones covered.
stephen_schenck at April 7th, 2014 11:57 — #5
Headline can also be used for an article about producing sterile, androgynous clones.
edgore at April 7th, 2014 12:03 — #6
These all, of course, ignore the simplest explanation...
jsroberts at April 7th, 2014 12:37 — #8
david_aubke at April 7th, 2014 12:41 — #9
In 10th grade, the science teacher was sick one day. The substitute teacher decided to enlighten us on a few little-known science-y phenomena. One of which was that she once knew a girl who had gotten pregnant all by herself. Most people don't realize it can happen but apparently it totally happened to this one girl... who we theorized to have been her daughter.
boundegar at April 7th, 2014 12:42 — #10
Why is it the people who scoff at taking Genesis literally are in such a hurry to take Luke literally?
crenquis at April 7th, 2014 12:55 — #11
oldtaku at April 7th, 2014 13:08 — #12
That's... a completely lose-lose outcome.
humbabella at April 7th, 2014 13:14 — #13
Couldn't Mary have had an odd genetic condition that gave her one ovary and on testis and then impregnated herself? I mean, that chimera stuff seems pretty far out there too.
timquinn at April 7th, 2014 13:20 — #14
Where is William of Ockham when you need him?
marjae at April 7th, 2014 14:05 — #15
Couldn't someone have invented the story to parody imperial propaganda about Augustus' supposed divine birth? Couldn't someone else have taken it too seriously?
edgore at April 7th, 2014 14:26 — #16
anthonyc at April 7th, 2014 17:21 — #17
Also, Joseph was hardly a "horny young thing," seeing as Mary was his second wife and Jesus had (would you call them half-brothers?) older than Mary was.
xanthestone at April 7th, 2014 18:02 — #18
Of course, IVF does it. But, I know from experience, it's not fun.
marjae at April 7th, 2014 18:05 — #19
Um, no, that's never actually stated; there are three traditional explanations for Jesus' brothers:
First, that Mary and Joseph had sex.
Second, that Mary didn't, but Joseph did, so then, Joseph might have had another wife, who had died young, and Joseph would have remarried.
Third, that neither of them had sex, but they had cousins.
humbabella at April 7th, 2014 20:10 — #20
Since every man is Jesus' brother, James would be his one-and-a-half brother.
chgoliz at April 7th, 2014 23:11 — #21
Weird. I thought this was going to be an article about a baby who had neither male nor female sex organs.
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