The Christian faith holds many fantasy beliefs that defy reality. It has people long dead and buried walking out of graves, walking on water and, at Christmastime, a baby whose mother was a virgin. These myths are slowly slipping off the list of believable notions. One is the “virgin birth.”
A new poll tells us that only a slim majority of young people in the faith believe in the virgin birth. Each new generation has more doubts about it.
For some reason sex is regarded as a dirty thing and a sin so the god figure that resulted should not have been conceived in this way. If sex was not thought of as bad but just part of the reason humans have survived maybe it would have been OK that Jesus came about that way. It doesn’t matter how the faith thinks Jesus came to be, increasing numbers of the young don’t believe the fantasy version.
Today I was on a road trip and listened to Catholic radio for a while. It was a program hosted by a couple of women and all the callers were women. There were long riffs on how pure Mary was and bragging by these women on how much of each day they spent marveling about the wonders of Mary.
It’s not only hard to understand this fascination but it’s double baffling that broadcasters of callers would think this kind a discussion about a world of the mind would appeal to others.