Magazine article The Spectator

Sad Modernist Notion

Magazine article The Spectator

Sad Modernist Notion

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Sir: It is rather sad to see Admiral Liardet trotting out those old 'modernist' notions that I thought had been put to rest some time ago (Letters, 12 January). I leave aside his gratuitous libel of some of the Fathers of the Church -- I dare say the City of God can stand it.

But it is ironic that, in citing Galatians iv 4, he hits on a text which, far from showing that St Paul had not heard about the Virgin Birth, carries the clear implication that he did know about it. What biographer has ever commented of his subject that he was born of a woman?

We all were. It would be an absurd tautology.

The Apostle must therefore mean something more, and it seems reasonable to suggest that he means that Christ was born, in human terms, exclusively of a woman, without male agency. …

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