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Gonna Stake You
I was watching some episodes of American Horror Story before going to sleep tonight (lovely little show for those who haven't seen it; for those who have, I'll let you develop your own theories about it being appropriate bedtime fodder) and I ran right into one of the many things that drive me to drink (or want to) in today's world: The misconceptions of the Immaculate Conception. I'm really tempted to run a quiz to see how many people can correctly identify the person born as a result of the Immaculate Conception. 

In an episode of American Horror Story, someone asked what happens if a spirit and a living person get together, do the horizontal mambo, and have a child together. The reply is that it'd be the end of the world. That the Holy Spirit only had to whisper in Mary's ear for the Immaculate Conception (according to the show) and the devil wants a lot more bang for his buck—meaning, one would surmise, that if a spirit impregnated a mortal woman, that woman would then give birth to the Antichrist.

The problem is that the Immaculate Conception DOES NOT REFER TO THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. It refers to the birth of the Virgin Mary. It goes like this: The Virgin Mary, who was born to a human man and woman (usually known as Saint Joachim and Saint Anne), had to be born free from original sin in order to be worthy of bearing the Christ child herself. Christ was virginally conceived.

Please try to keep these things straight (so to speak) if you're going to preach about them or use them in a storyline in some way. It's a lot less creepy and terrifying when you get these things wrong.

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zero2aries
Dec. 20th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
I think you probably have to be Catholic to know this... None of my non-Catholic friends have any clue.
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