‘Keep digging, Poindexter’: Psych professor points out the absence of consent in the story of Christmas
One thing we see a lot of on Twitter is trolling of Christians; plenty are willing to jump into the comments to make fun of their “invisible friend” and pass judgment on just how Christian they really are (after all, Jesus certainly was no Republican).
But there’s really not much to say about this tweet from associate professor Eric Sprankle, aside from the fact that Christians have heard it plenty of times before, and it’s not that clever and certainly not “edgy.” No, the best part is Sprankle’s Twitter bio:
• Sex workers’ rights • Cats • Secularism • Poe • Manson • https://t.co/nokiGwfO1S
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) December 5, 2018
The entire modern left in one bio
— Senzuran (@Senzuran) December 5, 2018
No kidding. Anyway, here’s his tweet to blow your mind just in time for the holidays:
The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.
— Eric Sprankle, PsyD (@DrSprankle) December 3, 2018
Aaaaaaand THERE it is. Your annual "The Christ Child is a rape baby" analogy from Woke Blue Check Twitter.
Get a new schtick. https://t.co/IuMqm1DLWo
— I'm a woman, and I'm mad as Hell (@nowhere_nh) December 5, 2018
As far as trolls go, this is kinda lazy.
— J.G. Petruna (@jgpetruna) December 5, 2018
Cool story, bro.
— Amico di una tigre (@spacemanspiff76) December 5, 2018
The intellectual equivalent of running into a room, screaming gibberish, and running out of it before anyone rebuts it.
— Posidonius (@Posidonius_of_R) December 5, 2018
Ah, this will be what takes down the church
— Mookie Foofus (@jacobdegrowth) December 5, 2018
Wait, he’s not done. Even though Mary did give her consent, she really had no choice as God is all powerful and fond of punishment, so it wasn’t really consent.
Incorrect. Mary said yes. See the Magnificat memorialized in Luke.
— Mark Mansfield (@manzy114) December 5, 2018
— Licensed Phrenologist, Krampus Division 🎄🎄🎄 (@mlfoley) December 5, 2018
This might be the stupidest thing I read today. What a complete misuse and misunderstanding of the text. Did you read the part where Mary said "let it be to me as you have said"?
— Linda Billson (@LindaJester) December 5, 2018
A psych degree does not equal Biblical competency. First, Mary consented to becoming the mother of Jesus. Second, no early Christian believed the Holy Spirit had physical relations with Mary. The emphasis is Jesus, the incarnation of the eternal Son of God, has only one Father.
— Benjamin Sanchez (@BeHumbleWithGod) December 5, 2018
The fruit of all your education: getting it wrong & being insulting about it.
— Joseph Ronaldson (@J_Ronaldson) December 5, 2018
Like 1:38 "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word"
But I guess you'd have to actually read the book to know, huh?
— Madam I'm Adam (@Adam_J_Harris) December 5, 2018
Not only did she give consent: "Be it done unto me, just as you have said." But then she worshiped. Read, Luke 1:46-55
— Mike Batley (@mbatley1) December 5, 2018
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her.
— blue (@blue_prop) December 5, 2018
Sorry. LK 1 26:38 states clearly that the angel communicated God's plan for Mary and in verse 38 she agreed. Whether you believe or disbelieve, it helps if you actually read the text.
— Tom Cleary (@believeandobey3) December 4, 2018
The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. 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.
— Eric Sprankle, PsyD (@DrSprankle) December 4, 2018
Keep digging, poindexter.
— Insolent Puppy (@InsolentPuppy) December 5, 2018
there's literally a huge part of our doctrine based on her Fiat my dude
— carey helmick (@careyhelmick) December 5, 2018
One of the MAJOR points of Christian theology is that Mary could have refused the Incarnation and doomed us all.
But she didn't. That's why Christians (especially Catholics) exult in the Magnificat, Mary's song of acceptance and joy that she will bring about the Messiah
— Billy Swagspeare (@bswagspeare) December 5, 2018
“be it done unto me according to thy word” is consent, you goblin
— Harrison Lemke (@hplemke) December 5, 2018
You imagine God as man that sits on top a of ascending hierarchy of power, when God is like the intangible, non-contingent foundation of Being. God is omnipotent, and simultaneously absolutely powerless, because that intangible, non-contingent foundation is Love
— swöletarian (@common__pleas) December 5, 2018
So courageous. Now do Mohammed.
— Herk Driver, Overhead Keg Press Champion (@G130J) December 5, 2018
They never do.
‘Now do Muhammed’: NowThis News explains how Jesus would sound as a modern day Republican https://t.co/eJ3b6FytBX
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 29, 2018