Female consent. Where religion and humanist law clash. When slavery and polygamy were no longer considered good in man’s eyes. When does female consent for sexual relationship and rape come in as good or bad? We know in secular law it is a crime, but in a god’s eyes is rape a crime? Where we draw the line matters in this world. What the God’s do is another question. God’s world and our world are separate. If we just blindingly say that oh well, we just need to follow God’s rules: To follow the rule that is putting conditions of judgement on a homosexual/transsexual/bisexual that sodomy is a sin. In this where does “God” draw the line in morals when impregnating Mary? In this case Gabriel as we learned in earlier post is the one who warned her and impregnated her. So in this case there was sort of a consent – so i argue that Abraham’s God did ask for consent even though Gabriel is a Child/creation of God. He may be as well part of God. And Mary, being indifferent about the rape and then rejoicing in the pregnancy – I’d say that it was not a matter of rape really. I think it was the most ethical “rape” that “God” or Gabriel could constitute. I would think if he would’ve just done it, it would’ve been a different story.
Stories like the Virgin Birth lack freely given female consent. Why don’t they bother us more?
Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey.
Zeus comes to Danae in the form of a golden shower, cutting “the knot of intact virginity” and leaving her pregnant with the Greek hero, Perseus.
Jupiter forcibly overcomes Europa by transforming himself into a white bull and abducting her. He imprisons her on the Isle of Crete, over time fathering three children.
Hermes copulates with a shepherdess to produce Pan.
The legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus are conceived when the Roman god Mars impregnates Rea Silvia, a vestal virgin.
Helen of Troy, the rare female offspring of a god-human mating, is produced when Zeus takes the form of a swan to get access to Leda.
In some accounts Alexander the…
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