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  • n. human conception without fertilization by a man
  • n. the theological doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human father; Christians believe that Jesus's birth fulfilled Old Testament prophecies and was attended by miracles; the Nativity is celebrated at Christmas


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  • She was the only human ever to give birth without being fertilized by a male sperm—otherwise known as the Virgin Birth—the reason being that the standard male sperm-delivery system comes very close, in the eyes of the Church, to mortal sin.

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  • The doctrine of the Virgin Birth is the thesis that Jesus was not conceived by the ordinary methods.

    Keisha and Mary.

  • Virgin Birth, that is, those who were sufficiently intelligent to grasp it.

    Mystic Christianity

  • Bruno refused to recant his disbelief in the Trinity, Virgin Birth, divinity of Christ and other rather non-negotiable items especially for a clergyman.

    Matt J. Rossano: The Galileo Affair: Emblematic Or Exceptional?

  • Atheists like Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins delight in picking apart the story of the Virgin Birth as one of many examples of a pre-modern people believing in a religious mythology that most today would find absurd if someone made similar claims.

    Jeffrey Small: The Origins Of Christmas

  • As if that were the stupidist question about a profound subject he had ever heard, like How does Virgin Birth work, anyway?


  • As to the Virgin Birth, my best understanding is that I can let go of its historicity because it does not directly affect the way I live for God.

    John Backman: Does The Truth Of The Bible Matter?

  • Placed center-stage in Pagels's account, they offer an unsettling version of Christianity—one in which Jesus is the lover of Mary Magdalene and ideas such as the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection are treated as naïve fantasies.

    Five Best: Religious Cults In Antiquity

  • I'll bet you have no problem believing in the resurrection of Christ and the Virgin Birth (and maybe even angels), but UFOs - no way, huh?

    Jimmy Carter Distances Himself From Kucinich On UFOs

  • Promoted to Headline (H3) on 2/26/09: FACING FUNDAMENTALISM yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'FACING FUNDAMENTALISM'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: The movement known as "fundamentalism" anchors itself to a few, very basic, religious doctrines, such as the Virgin Birth and the bodily resurrection.



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