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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 12:55 PM

2. nothing against those who really believe in it

but here's something from hope-of-israel.org: "An Egyptian Virgin Birth story, told about 2,000 years before the Messiah, had many details identical with those found in the Gospel accounts." according to the website, the Egyptian story included a god announcing to a virgin that she was about to be impregnated, the virgin giving birth, and 3 men giving gifts to the godlike virgin-born child (like the 3 Magi!).
my view is that no religion is original, 'cause from the beginning they've been conveniently copying down ideas from previous ones. it's just interesting how people say religions are completely different, when really they have so many motifs and tropes in common that they must be related in some way.
also, there's this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miraculous_births
probably people didn't like to believe that their daughters were "impure", even when they became pregnant, so they decided to create stories where something magical happened instead. rich, complex, beautiful stories-but stories all the same.

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