The Seed of the Woman
This book was over 40 years
in the writing. Its purpose is not to explore or defend the great
fundamentals of the Christian Faith, though these are certainly
the recurrent theme ‹ as the Table of Contents will show.
The concern of this volume is with the connecting links between
these grand Articles of the Faith rather than the Articles themselves.
It is not to defend it that the Virgin
Conception is considered so carefully, but rather in order to
see its connectedness with all the other Articles and why it
was so necessary to the fabric of the whole Plan of Redemption.
We are not concerned to prove that Adam
was created or Eve formed out of him. We take these facts as
given and make them our starting point. What we are concerned
to show is that these things just had to happen ‹ not as
isolated miracles but as necessary factors in the whole scheme
of things. Adam had to be created, Eve had to be
formed out of Adam; the forbidden fruit had to have the
nature it did; and the penalty of physical death had to be a
The seed of the woman had
to be separated from the seed of the man and housed in a body
that was in a number of critical ways constituted quite differently
from Adam's body.
The ovum (the seed of the woman)
had to have a life history quite unlike that of the sperm
(the seed of the man) and a quite different constitution.
these things had to take place to make the Plan of Redemption
not only physiologically possible but also theologically defensible.
The cross had to be invented.
The Romans did not invent it: they inherited it from the Carthaginians
and introduced it into Palestine in time for the working out
of a drama that no other vehicle of capital punishment would
have made possible. Like all else in God's Plan, crucifixion
had to be what it was. Only thus could the Lord Jesus
have died as He did ‹ on the cross but not from
it. That is the truth of the matter.
The resurrection of the body of
Christ without undergoing any putrefaction was equally essential
to God's purpose; and the two bodily forms in which Christ appeared
after the resurrection had to be, because they too were
The Christian Faith is not merely a series
of Articles: it has an essential organic unity that is destroyed
and made entirely irrational and logically indefensible (even
granted the premise of miracle) if any part of the whole is surrendered.
This is the theme of The Seed
of the Woman.
In short, no element
of the Faith CAN be surrendered if our theology is to remain
truly Christian: and no element of the Faith NEED be surrendered
if we rightly understand the significance of today's advanced
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The implications of this knowledge from
research into the nature of the human constitution sheds a fresh
light upon, and provides us with a new method for, the exploration
of the constitution of man as first created, and so also
of the means by which God made possible man's redemption.
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are points in the broad sweep of its thesis with which they would
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