Psychology professor accuses GOD of being a sexual predator for impregnating the Virgin Mary 'without her consent'

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A university professor has accused God of sexual misconduct for impregnating Mary, the mother of Jesus, without her 'consent'.

Eric Sprankle, an associate professor of clinical psychology and sexuality studies at Minnesota State University-Mankato, criticized the Biblical Christmas story, saying the Christian deity was 'predatory' .

'The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen,' Sprankle wrote on Twitter. 'There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.'

Responding to Sprankle, someone else pointed out that Mary discusses God's plans with the angel Gabriel in the story of the Annunciation and tells him: 'I am the Lord's servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.'

Sprankle, however, remained convinced that Mary could not have consented, given God's vast power over her.

'The biblical god regularly punished disobedience,' Sprankle wrote. 'The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying 'no' negates her 'yes.''

'To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst,' the professor wrote.

Sprankle's accusation brought a rush of skeptical reactions from other users on Twitter.

'Eric, the entire story involves Mary's consent, and would not have happened without it. The amazing part of the story is God's request for her consent (it was required!). Part of the reason Mary is venerated is that her willing 'yes' to God's request results in our salvation,' another wrote.

'So courageous. Now do Mohammed,' requested another.
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LMAO! This is brilliant. It gets his name out there, and people are discussing his point of view. It's exactly what a Psych professor should be doing.

Regardless if you believe in religion or not, it's a smart play
 

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What about Zeus and Danae, Zeus seducing Leda in the shape of a swan, Zeus abducting Europa in the shape of a white bull, Zeus raping Antiope as a satyr?
I hope the lecture included this and many other variations on the same story it's common in many cultures.
Like some tweeter said: so much courage to go after Mary at Christmas. Now take on Mohammed - during Ramadan!
 
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What about Zeus and Danae, Zeus seducing Leda in the shape of a swan, Zeus abducting Europa in the shape of a white bull, Zeus raping Antiope as a satyr?
I hope the lecture included this and many other variations on the same story.
This is why I was failed out of my Comparative Religion course when I was studying Anthropology.

The Prof was a hard-core Catholic and nothing was "comparable" regardless if the stories were the same thing regurgitated and only the names changed. Kind of like Hollywood.
 

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Although the profs statememts are very simplistic and super trendy its possible the quotation is taken out of context and the entire lecture is far reaching and cross cultural. Maybe it covered the history of this very ancient story arc, which says a lot about human personality and how every culture tells many of the same stories about sex, reproduction, and the offspring is always extraordinary because mating with any god is an upgrade.
But somehow I doubt it, and I doubt he interested in debating it, only in lecturing.
 
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