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Re: [humanism-174] The Pope publishes final instalment of life of Jesus

From: Sam S.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:50 AM
The virgin birth proves gods power. I'm convinced.

On Wednesday, November 21, 2012, sheri presloid <[address removed]> wrote:
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20424676
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> Just reading the article, I couldn't stop laughing at it.  Obviously, as the religious are leaving the church and the church keeps losing money, The Vatican needs to get MORE money (hey...they can never have enough!).
> It is a short article.  Here it is if you cannot get to the site:
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> The third and final instalment of Pope Benedict's biography of Jesus is published on Wednesday.
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> One million copies of the book, Jesus of Nazereth: The Infancy Narratives, have been printed in eight languages.
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> It analyses the gospel narratives from the birth of Jesus to his presentation in the temple at the age of 12.
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> The book is signed "Joseph Ratzinger Benedict XVI", meaning that it is an academic work, rather than papal dogma that cannot be contradicted.
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> Pope Benedict reaffirms the importance of the Christian belief in the virgin birth, that Jesus was not conceived through sexual intercourse but through the Holy Spirit.
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> He argues that it, together with the resurrection, are "cornerstones of faith" because they demonstrate God's power over matter.
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> But he debunks several Christmas traditions, including the year of Jesus' birth, which the Pope argues was miscalculated by a monk.
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> Another sacred cow he tackles is the presence of animals at the birth in a stable in Bethlehem.
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> He argues there is no evidence in the Gospel for that, but says images of oxen and donkeys have become such a staple part of the Nativity that they are now accepted.
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> The Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said Pope Benedict had devoted "all his free time to bring to fruition this project, which he wanted and loved".
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> In the coming months, the book will be translated into 20 languages and sold in 72 countries around the world.
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