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    An interesting read...

    Jesus 'not the son of God' - Lord Younger, Queen's official

    His comments echo the beliefs held by a number of leading church
    figures, including those of a former Moderator of the General Assembly,
    the Very Rev Dr James Weatherhead. Seven years ago Dr Weatherhead called
    into question the doctrine of the Virgin Birth. And more recently
    Richard Holloway, the former Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh, described
    Christ as"simply an extraordinary man."



    Jesus 'not the son of God'

    LORD Younger, who will today attend the General Assembly of the Church of
    Scotland as the Queen's official representative, has spoken for the first
    time of his personal doubts that Jesus is the "biological" Son of God.

    In a detailed interview in today's Scotsman S2 supplement, the Lord High
    Commissioner to the Kirk's assembly talks of his belief that what many
    Kirk members hold as a basic tenet of Christianity "is a figure of speech
    to some extent".

    In comment that may set him at odds with many Kirk members, the former
    Tory Scottish Secretary of State for Scotland declares: "I don't think you
    can be absolutely literal and say he was born without a father. I think
    that is all very literal and I would not go that far."

    Lord Younger, a regular Church-goer, instead subscribes to the view, held
    by progressive theologians, that Jesus was divinely inspired by God.

    "His message emanated from God - how precisely I wouldn't say. The fact
    that it has survived over 2,000 years makes it very hard to deny it.

    "He was described as the Son of God and that is good enough for me. I
    don't agree that he was just a jolly good chap who was trying to put the
    right views across. I am quite happy to believe that it is a figure of
    speech that the Bible used, but I do believe that it was used like that
    because he was inspired by God."

    His comments echo the beliefs held by a number of leading church figures,
    including those of a former Moderator of the General Assembly, the Very
    Rev Dr James Weatherhead. Seven years ago Dr Weatherhead called into
    question the doctrine of the Virgin Birth.

    And more recently Richard Holloway, the former Episcopal Bishop of
    Edinburgh, described Christ as "simply an extraordinary man."

    But last night, the Right Rev Andrew McLellan, whose term as Moderator
    ends this morning, insisted Lord Younger's views were not at odds with the
    majority of Kirk's members.

    He said: "That any Protestant should be expected to believe in the
    immaculate conception is an extraordinary thought. No Christian believed
    in the immaculate conception until 1870 and only Roman Catholics have
    believed in the immaculate conception ever since."

    Mr McLellan continued: "I suppose there are those within the Church of
    Scotland who affirm that Jesus is the Son of God in a biological DNA sense
    - and there is a place for those within the Church of Scotland.

    "What the Bible means when it says that Jesus is the Son of God is that
    God is uniquely present in the presence of Jesus. I think George Younger
    believes that and the Church of Scotland believes that."


    Frank Urquhart
    Saturday, 19th May 2001
    The Scotsman



    #2
    Originally posted by Girl from Quraysh:
    ...No Christian believed
    in the immaculate conception until 1870 and only Roman Catholics have
    believed in the immaculate conception ever since."
    I wonder what they believed before 1870???

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