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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.
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?
Good point, Amanda! (And Christopher Hitchens' summation is an accurate zinger, as usual!)
... which is more likely, that the whole natural order is suspended or that a Jewish minx should tell a lie?-- Christopher Hitchens
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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