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Comment by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 11, 2014 at 4:48pm

I think the bottom line is that the world holds a great disdain for pregnant unwed mothers. Something that has changed little in the centuries since. By making the whole story "okay" again by having Joseph stand by her side, she again is in a position of recovering shame. Is what it is.

Comment by Dougibert Bert on February 11, 2014 at 1:12pm

Mary was just trying to save her life.  Had she admitted to getting pregnant out of wedlock, she would have been stoned.  Lucky for her (unlucky for humanity), the powers-that-be decided her story of "divine impregnation" was true, and her life was spared.

Next question: Did Mary exist?

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 11, 2014 at 12:42pm

Good point, Amanda!  (And Christopher Hitchens' summation is an accurate zinger, as usual!)

Comment by Loren Miller on February 11, 2014 at 6:03am

... which is more likely, that the whole natural order is suspended or that a Jewish minx should tell a lie?
-- Christopher Hitchens

Comment by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 11, 2014 at 4:32am
For me, she and Eve led the charge for wommen to be slut shamed. They had influence in how women are viewed today. Jospeph saved Mary from shame and punishment by stucking by her miraculous pregnency. This is how the story is presented in a lot of Sunday school classrooms so in only my opinion this is where the true slut shaming lies. But don't get me wrong. I think a less magical explanation would have been better.
Comment by Grinning Cat on February 10, 2014 at 10:55pm

A completely natural explanation for the supposed "virgin birth" does make a lot more sense!

Though I read that phrase as slut-shaming I'd rather not propagate. I prefer the bumper sticker that said something like "2000 years ago a young woman had an affair, and people still can't stop talking about it."

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