James Ussher on the necessity of the virgin birth

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... Therefore our Saviour assuming the substance of our Nature, but not by the ordinary way of natural generation, is thereby freed from all the touch and taint of the corruption of our flesh; which by that means only is propagated from the first man unto his posterity. Whereupon, he being made of man, but not by man, and so becoming the immediate fruit of the womb and not of the Loins; must of necessity be acknowledged to be that HOLY THING, which so was born of so blessed a Mother, who although she were but the passive and material principle of which that precious flesh was made, and the holy Ghost the agent and efficient; yet cannot the man Christ Jesus thereby be made the Son of his own Spirit. Because Fathers do beget their children out of their own substance: the holy Ghost did not so, but framed the flesh of him, from whom himself proceeded, out of the creature of them both, the hand-maid of the Lord; whom from thence all generations shall call blessed. ...

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