This time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a birth which, according to the biblical witness, is based on a virgin conception.
Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight posts on Why a virgin birth? and gives a summary of my chapter on the topic in Evangelical Theology. An interesting thread of comments follows thereafter.
For an approach to the virgin conception that is pretty much at odds with what I argue for, read Doug Wilson’s How Important is the Virgin Birth? For instance, I think a basic knowledge of genetics rules out this comment:
While we shouldn’t start speculating about the half-life of original sin, one acceptable answer from all of this is that sin is reckoned or imputed through the male line. This is the position I hold and I believe it’s fitting because Adam was the one who introduced sin into the world in the first place (Rom. 5:12).
When it comes to Christmas, I can’t help but remember the words of Martin Luther: “No other God have I but Thee, born in a manager, died on a tree!”