Mudcat Café message #3542210
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Thread #150459 Message #3542210
Posted By: Little Hawk
26-Jul-13 - 08:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
Subject: RE: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
Yes, pete, I realize Matthew and Luke are very specific about it, but that doesn't necessarily mean it happened exactly as they say. Matthew and Luke may have added any number of fairly typical ebellishments to their stories about Jesus and his family. By "fairly typical", I mean that those kind of supernatural embellishments were rather common in heroic religious tales of that era.
I'm not particularly concerned about whether or not Mary was a virgin, by the way. I don't think it matters in terms of practicing the faith. I don't think it impacts what Jesus taught one way or the other. But I'm interested in the possible interpretations people have made about it, based on the few books the council of bishops in in the ancient Church decided to give their official stamp of approval to. Some other books were considered for inclusion in the Bible at that time, but they were rejected for various reasons. Further books about Jesus and his family have been written right up to modern times, some of them claiming to be further revelations about the life of Jesus...and some of them are very much worth reading, in my opinion.
If there IS such a thing as divine revelation at all (and I think there may well be), I doubt that it only happened a very long time ago. If it happened then, there's no reason why it wouldn't continue happening now and then right up to the present day.