Suspending scepticism: History and the Virgin Birth by N. T. Wright

Suspending scepticism: History and the Virgin Birth by N. T. Wright

Because I am convinced that the creator God raised Jesus bodily from the dead, and because I am convinced that Jesus was and is the embodiment of this God, Israel’s God, my worldview is forced to reactivate various things in the suspense account, the birth narratives included.

There are indeed more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in post-Enlightenment metaphysics.  The “closed continuum” of cause and effect is a modernist myth.  The God who does not “intervene” from outside but is always present and active within the world, sometimes shockingly, may well have been thus active on this occasion.

. . . Maybe, after all, it is the theory of the contemporary sceptic that is metaphor historicized.  The modernist belief that history is a closed continuum of cause and effect is projected onto the screen of the early church, producing a myth (specifically, a tradition-historical reconstruction which sustains and legitimates the original belief so strongly that its proponents come to believe it actually happened).

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