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Virgin birth   /vˈərdʒɪn bərθ/   Listen
Virgin birth

Human conception without fertilization by a man.  Synonyms: parthenogenesis, parthenogeny.
The theological doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human father; Christians believe that Jesus's birth fulfilled Old Testament prophecies and was attended by miracles; the Nativity is celebrated at Christmas.  Synonym: Nativity.

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"Virgin birth" Quotes from Famous Books

... ecclesiastical horizon, we find agitation and controversy on all sides. In one denomination, it is the question of the salvation of the heathen; in another, that of the virgin birth of Christ and the apostolic succession; in a third, it is the invasion of doubt as to the eternal torment of the wicked; in a fourth, the evidential value of the miracles; in a fifth, the grand questions included under the higher criticism ...
— The Arena - Volume 4, No. 24, November, 1891 • Various

... was born; there was no other part of the service in which I could not do my part; but to stand up and recite the creeds in all their clauses, honestly, I could not. I had come to know on what slender foundations rested, for example, the descent into hell; and, as to the virgin birth, my reading showed me so weak a basis for it in the New Testament taken as a whole, and so many similar claims made in behalf of divine founders of religions, that when I reflected upon the reasons for holding the doctrine to ...
— Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White Volume II • Andrew Dickson White

Words linked to "Virgin birth" :   asexual reproduction, parthenogeny, agamogenesis, nativity, parthenogenesis, Christian theology, theological doctrine

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