Where did Jesus get his DNA? His Y chromosome? [. . .]I immediately flashed back to something I had read in Randi's news letter Friday, from a website that takes demons seriously:
[T]here's a problem with arguing Jesus came about through cloning or parthenogenesis - he would have been born a girl. In the past few decades, science revealed that to be male you need a Y chromosome, and the only place you can get one is from a man. [. . .]
Catholics and Protestants seem to agree [. . .] that Jesus was fully human and male, so he must have carried the usual male quotient of DNA. It's not the Y chromosome he needed per se but a gene called SRY normally carried on the Y. [. . .] That fragment of the Y has to come from a father.
Biology professor David Wilcox of Eastern University, a Christian college, said [. . .] ''Of course Jesus had DNA and a Y chromosome - and the source for half of that DNA [and the Y chromosome] would presumably be pure and simple miracle,'' he says.
Theology professor and ordained minister Ronald Cole-Turner said standard Christian thought attributes the virgin birth to God's intervention in the natural order, not a biological anomaly. ''It's not God's sperm . . . but God created something like a sperm and caused it to fertilize Mary's egg,'' he says.[. . .]
[A] natural conception was problematic to early Christian thinkers, [Boston University theology professor Wesley] Wildman said, because St. Augustine and others believed original sin was passed on ''through the male via the loss of control associated with the male orgasm.''
Look, we can understand non-Christians calling this [demonology] bunk, but one of the main components of the ministry of Jesus and the apostles was casting out demons. Why do 21st century Christians act as though the Fallen kindly decided to go away and leave us alone after the first century?I may have to give up my keyboard, some of these people are even better at pointing out the absurdities of their beliefs than I!