quote:Virgin-birth, whose scientific term is Parthenogenesis, is real and has been observed in nature occurring mainly in some invertebrates, though it also occurs in some fish, amphibians, and reptiles, and very rarely in birds. But not in mammals, though. BTW, the genetics of gender in reptiles, for example, is quite different than in mammals (ie, X and Y chromosomes).
Depending on the actual parthenogenetic mechanism involved, if meiosis is not used then the offspring will be full clones of the mother. Since all the parthenogenetic offspring would be full clones of their mother, that would mean that they would also all be females. All of them.
Armed with that knowledge (and applying ample quantities of humor), we can clearly see a major problem that the Virgin Birth presents for basic Christian doctrine and tradition. Jesus could not have been a man, but rather had to have been a woman. Jessica Christ? National Lampoon magazine did tell her story in the December 1971 issue. Which means that Christian doctrine is a massive cover-up trying to hide that fact from us that the Christ was a woman.
Actually, researching back that story of Jessica Christ portrayed her as Jesus' pesky sister who had similar powers as his. I haven't found a reprint of that article, though there is a reprint of Son-o'-God comics, which also appeared with the "7th Seal of Approval" a number of times in National Lampoon.
BTW, on my page I examine Christograms, Christian religious symbols constructed out of the letters from the name, ΙΗΣΟΥΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ (or "(Ιησους Χριστος" in mixed case) -- though sometimes the letters get Latinized with "J" replacing "Ι" and "S" or "C" replacing "Σ". I started my research in this after seeing deliberately placed Christograms, "JHC", painted on the walls in an old chapel in Spain (in Spain!).
My conclusion is that the most likely origin of the "H" middle initial was from a misinterpretation of the use in Christograms of the eta ("Η", "η"), the "long e" sound (think of Spanish, French (ie, the "é"), or German vowels, not English vowels which are just plain weird). In developing this idea on my page, I present several examples of such Christograms, including one that you saw on the back of the Archbishop's vestments in the Coronation scene in The Crown (ie, with the miniscule eta ("η") with an extended stem that's topped with a cross bar forming a cross -- it's on my page).
I also note that objections to "Xmas" are both ridiculous and ignorant. That "X" is actually a chi ("Χ", pronounced like the German soft "ch" or the Spanish hard "j") which is the first letter of "Χριστος" from which we derive the English word, "Christ". And it has been used for nearly half a millennium as an acceptable abbreviation for "Christmas".
On that same note, I've seen someone make the observation that the ridiculous FOX News fake "War on Christmas" has ended in the UK with a victory. Sorry about that.
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Happy Saturnalia to everyone. With the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter your Saturnalia should be a Jovial one, not to mention Mercurial. I hope nothing Mars your Earthly delights, sing no iNept-tunes, catch nothing Venereal, and always watch Uranus.