Entries in theology (3)
Atheism is the absence of belief in a God or gods. This can range from those who haven’t been exposed to theism, and therefore have never considered the possibility, to those who actively reject the existence of any divinity. An agnostic maintains that it is impossible to know whether deities exist. These 2 beliefs are not mutually exclusive.
Immaculate conception is the Roman Catholic dogma that the Virgin Mary was conceived, through sexual intercourse, without the taint of original sin. In this way, it was possible for Jesus, despite having a human mother, to be completely free from sin himself.
Virgin birth refers to the belief that Mary miraculously gave birth to Jesus while remaining a virgin. In other words, Jesus had no human father and was conceived through the Holy Spirit without sexual intercourse.