Chris from Chicago writes:

How can Christians believe that of Jesus’ 46 chromosomes, 23 were contributed by a human and 23 by a non-human? If this was true and Jesus was unique wouldn’t that make all other religions irrelevant? … I don’t believe there has been a single human being in the history of the world that didn’t have two human parents, including Jesus…

Dear Chris,

You raise a series of very good questions. Many Christians, especially those in academic centers do not believe that of Jesus’ 46 chromosomes, 23 were contributed by a non-human. If that were true it would mean that Jesus was not fully human, which is half of the Christ claim traditionally made by the Church. Virgin births are not unique to Christianity. That was the traditional way ancient societies explained their larger than life figures. No, I am quite convinced Jesus had a human mother and a human father.

Spong, Bishop John Shelby.  Virgin Birth: Bishop Spong Q&A, Sept. 7, 2005.

Note – John Shelby Spong is a liberal theologian who served as the Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States, Diocese of Newark, NJ, from 1979-2000.

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