Mary Didn't Offer 'Consent' When Angel Told Her She'd Carry Jesus, Prof Says

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A professor from Minnesota believes the virgin Mary may not have given "consent" when the angel Gabriel told her she would give birth to the baby Jesus.

In a tweet, Eric Sprankle, professor of clinical psychology and sexuality studies at Minnesota State University Mankato, wrote, "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."

One Twitter user swiftly replied to Sprankle's assertion, informing him the virgin Mary did, in fact, consent to her significant role in Jesus' birth. In Luke 1:38b, Mary told the angel, "I am the servant of the Lord. May it be unto me according to your word."

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