It’s Lent, so that means it is the silly season for the mainstream media. Any chance they get they’ll come up with some sort of cranky “discovery” about the origins of the Christian faith. Maybe it’s the burial casket of St James or the “discovery” that Jesus survived the crucifixion and became a Hindu swami in Tibet or that he eloped with Mary Magdalene to France to sit on the patio sipping red wine and watching their kids grow up to be Merovingian kings, or maybe it was the “discovery” that the Apostle John was really a girl kind of like Pope Joan they were both cross dressing or perhaps the Ark of the Covenant is really being used as a drinks cupboard in a club in Tangiers….
Here’s the latest: a “scholar” in England who specializes in transgender studies “and other fun stuff” suggests that Jesus was actually hermaphrodite. That is–he was both male and female. Here’s the article.
Before you laugh at such a suggestion–remember that not too long ago it would have been equally laughable to suggest that women could be priests and bishops, that homosexuals would be able to be “married”. It would have been scandalous to suggest that contraception and abortion was acceptable and that divorced Christians could be re married in church.
It all begins with some scholar somewhere making an outrageous suggestion. Before too long the chattering classes are picking it up. More articles are written, then a study group is formed by some Anglican bishop somewhere. This grows into a pressure group and a campaign is started.
To stand things on their head, you can just hear an Anglican theologian saying,
“I have recently read a most fascinating article by Dr Cornwall–a theologian in Manchester who suggests that Our Lord was actually hermaphrodite. Certainly there were some feminine aspects to his personality. His gentleness towards children and his close identity with his mother, but there are also some other fascinating clues: Notice his regular identification with many women in his life. He understands them in a way most men do not. He sympathizes and understands the woman taken in adultery, the sisters Mary and Martha and the grieving women of Jerusalem. Indeed, perhaps this is what St Paul himself means when he writes in Galatians that “in Christ there is no male or female.” Is this not Scriptural proof of Dr Cornwall’s hypothesis?”
Chortle into your coffee if you like, but it’s not so far off. Just go read some radical feminist theologians and you’ll find that such lunacy is ripe and abundant.