Billboard Provokes Christmas Controversy

JosephSt. Matthew-In-The-City Anglican church in Auckland, New Zealand considers itself a liberal place of worship, and this year it erected a billboard that was intended to provoke thought about the literal meaning of Christmas.  So far all they've provoked is the collective rage of area Christians.

Archdeacon Glynn Cardy defends the church's message:
"This billboard is trying to lampoon and ridicule the very literal idea that God is a male and somehow this male God impregnated Mary," said Cardy, who described his church as having very liberal ideas about Christianity.

"We would question the Virgin Birth in any literal sense. We would question the maleness of God in any literal sense," he said.

On the billboard — painted to mimic the fresco style commonly used in church murals — Mary and Joseph are in bed side-by-side. Joseph is looking down. Mary, looking heavenward, appears sad. The caption reads: "Poor Joseph. God is a hard act to follow."

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121585861&ft=1&f=1020 to NPR story.  (Photo: Sarah Ivey)

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>As usaul, liberals exposing their complete ignorance of anything realistic. They should all go to the globull warming conference and freeze<

Non-sequitur. (look it up!)

Time to get back in the rocking chair, gramps.
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I don't see what the big deal is - if we are made in his (human) image as the Bible says, then he is either male or female.

But if he is an all-seeing, all knowing, all-over-over-the-place kind of God, then he isn't human so he can not be either human male or female.

Of course the above do not preclude a non-human God from momentarily taking over or creating a human body to use temporarily for impregnating, which makes the question even more fun if we are still made "in his image"...
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