A lot of Americans think of themselves as “progressive Christians” or “liberal Christians,” and I count a good number of them among my friends and colleagues. Not long ago I was talking to one of these friends and we wandered into the subject of religion. Dawkins and Harris were invoked, as might be expected. Anti-Dawkins and -Harris resistance was encountered, also expected. So I finally decided to ask some questions that I had always wanted answers to, but had never actually asked.
The ensuing conversation went something like this:
Me: Do you believe that Mary was a virgin?
Friend: No, of course not.