Charisma News Fails at Supporting the Virgin Birth

Charisma News Fails at Supporting the Virgin Birth December 13, 2015

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Charisma News, a conservative religious news site, wrote an article that (apparently) offers not consistent with historical documents. Also, there is no evidence that people would have had to travel to take a census, let alone why a Roman senator would require a census of non-Roman, or Galilean citizens like Joseph and Mary.

If Luke was a world-renowned historian (which we have no reason to believe), it certainly wasn’t for his consistency or getting facts straight.

2. Archaeology
Instead of offering archaeological evidence, Hyatt claims that people who were archaeologists were able to match up the geography as described in the Book of Acts as being consistent. One of the archaeologists, William Mitchell Ramsay, is claimed, by Hyatt, to have been agnostic and looking to disprove the accounts in Acts But that is not the case at all. Not only did Ramsay have faith, having studied and taught theology, it says nothing more about his faith other than he was skeptical of the accounts. But we also can’t trust his word since he believed all 13 of Paul’s epistles were written by Paul (Spoiler: they were not).

Also, how would archaeology proved a birth, let alone a virgin birth? Assuming that the geography described in Acts is accurate, that does not prove the virgin birth, let alone any, had happened.

3. C.S. Lewis Believed because he studied mythology
This account offers a strange argument. Hyatt essentially argues that he encountered things as a youth, and that “friends” challenging his atheism are what converted him. One of these friends was author J. R. R. Tolkein, who actually helped Lewis believe in God, but not necessarily the Christian God. It was not until another two years after that he converted specifically to Christianity. He made the realization while with his brother and walking to the zoo.

Hyatt also claims Lewis studied mythology. However, he held no such degree or distinctions in that area of study. Even if he did study mythology, how does that demonstrate that the virgin birth happened? Just because a prominent person believes something (say that a certain Presidential candidate believes the current POTUS is from Kenya), that does not make it true.

4. The Bible predicted it
No. No it did not.

5. It was universally believed by the early Christians
I don’t know how you prove that. I mean, I’m fairly certain that only Sith deal in absolutes. Aside from the uncertainty of the claim, it the earliest Christians believed it, no one told Paul of Tarsus who makes no such claims of Jesus being born of a virgin. Even in the one instance where he mentions Jesus’ birth, at Galatians 4:4, he says Jesus was born “of a woman”. It makes it hard to believe that, when an opportunity for Paul to spread the message and importance of Jesus came about, he simply chose to ignore an idea Hyatt thinks is so widely held and believed.

So, there’s that.

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