The Point: Science vs. Virgin Birth

These “science writers” can really miss the point. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Writing at “Popular Science,” Daniel Engber asks, “Could a Virgin Birth Ever Happen?” Not surprisingly, his answer is “no,” at least not through any means known to science.

So while he doesn’t openly conclude that the Christmas account is therefore a myth, the painting of Mary and baby Jesus at the top of his article makes his intention pretty clear.

There you have it, folks. Science disproves Christianity!

But not so fast. As Derek Rishmawy points out at “Christ and Pop Culture,” articles like this are grand exercises in missing the point.

Christians understand where babies come from. We also know people don’t usually walk on lakes, turn water into wine or return from the dead. That’s why we have a special word for these occurrences: miracle.

It’s also why natural science can’t disprove miracles: they’re supernatural! Just because we can’t conceive of a miracle through science doesn’t mean God didn’t conceive a miracle in Mary.


FYI: Could A Virgin Birth Ever Happen?
  • Daniel Engber | Popular Science | November 18, 2013
Popular Science Disproves Virgin Birth with #SCIENCE!!!
  • Derek Rishmawy | | December 3, 2013

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  • Arnold Kropp

    Yes, and Calendars of the entire world changed too, counting up from that day: a new beginning.

  • Phoenix1977

    “Writing at “Popular Science,” Daniel Engber asks, “Could a Virgin Birth Ever Happen?” Not surprisingly, his answer is “no,” at least not through any means known to science.”

    That’s not exactly true. There are cases known in medicine where women get pregnant without traditional conception. In those cases two eggs come lose simultaneously and merge, therefor causing virtualization. Some of those women were virgins.
    There is, however, one catch. The results of those pregnancies are always girls, since the eggs can only contain X-chromosomes. And those pregnancies are genetically identical to the mother.

    So in the end the article is wrong. But that most certainly doesn’t mean the bible and Christianity are right.

  • Jim Hanes

    If man could peregrinate a virgin why not GOD?

  • jason taylor

    The whole point of the Virgin Birth was being impossible-unless one posits direct divine intervention. it is a waste of time scientifically proving that virgins do not give birth. They knew that then and if they hadn’t they would not have thought it marvelous.