N.T. Wright published, in 1998, an excellent essay on the birth of Jesus and its place in Christian belief. The eesence? Christian beliefs depend on Jesus’ ministry, passion, and resurrection. Not on miracle stories of his birth.
Of course, Jesus had to first be God incarnate in human form in order to preach and to die for our sins. But Bishop Wright argues that the story’s pretty much the same without the birth narratives of Matthew and Luke. His conclusion:
I have come to believe that the God of Israel, the world’s creator, was personally and fully revealed in and as Jesus of Nazareth, I hold open my historical judgment and say: If that’s what God deemed appropriate, who am I to object?
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