Is the Virgin Birth Essential? — Kevin DeYoung

Rogier van der Weyden The accounts of Jesus’s birth in Matthew (chapter 1) and Luke (chapters 1-2) are clear and unequivocal: Jesus’s birth was not ordinary. He was not an ordinary child, and his conception did not come about in the ordinary way. His mother Mary was a virgin, having had no intercourse prior to…

via Is the Virgin Birth Essential? — Kevin DeYoung

A simple guide to the debates about the historicity of the virgin conception, and the dogmatic implications of accepting it (or not). A helpful counterpoint to Pannenberg and Barth, who as I read them, despite celebrating the dogmatic power of the doctrine, see the virgin birth as either unhistorical (the former) or inessential (the latter).


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Rector of Holy Trinity, Norwich, since Sept 2017, writing on pastoring, preaching, resourcing discipleship, and apologetics/philosophy.

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