Monday, May 22, 2006

Holy DNA!

Faye Flam raises some very interesting questions regarding the Da Vinci Code in today's Philadelphia Inquirer.

What was Jesus' DNA like? Was it all from Mary? Suggestions that Jesus was born of Mary by parthenogenesis would require that Jesus be a female. Presumably a Y chromosome had to come from somewhere. Christianity insists that Jesus was a mortal man, with, presumably all the normal components. What human man would have served as the model or source for that Y chromosome? Would it have come from Joseph, in keeping perhaps with the sacredness of marriage? Could Jesus have children by the natural route, or would divine intervention be required for each subsequent generation? Perhaps divine intervention is required for every birth, making DNA superfluous.

More interesting, if God was bequeathing DNA to the human race, would we not expect Him to correct the failings inherent in our flawed DNA? Or would a certain amount of selfishness in our genes be necessary for us to retain the definition of Humanity?

5/22/2006 6:45 PM

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At Tuesday, May 23, 2006 3:50:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

oh wow....I would not even want to begin that are a brave soul.

BTW, I hear you are presenting the topic at the upcomin Baptist convention? *L*

At Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5:42:00 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

LOL. No, I don't think so, but I do believe that the Baptists should be willing to listen to such ideas from the pulpit. It is important to know what you believe and why, but it's also important, IMO, to hear everything else. The world is out there, whether we like it or not, and it poses its own questions. I say we should wade into that world. If our thinking is changed, well then, that's a good thing.

What are the yardsticks we use to measure the world? I would choose science and reason and compassion.

At Wednesday, May 24, 2006 4:41:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

JJ, unfortunately, lots of people do not understand logic and reason. Lets face it, Humans tend to more rationalizing than rational. We just have to keep working on it


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