Feminist theologian: Jesus may have been a hermaphrodite

A Catholic university in California — the Jesuit Santa Clara University — has invited UK University of Exeter theologian Susannah Cornwall to deliver the Santa Clara Lecture on “Gendered Theologies and the Common Good” on October 12, 2017.

The Santa Clara Lectures are a series of lectures that “brings to campus leading scholars in theology, offering the University community and the general public an ongoing exposure to debate on the most significant issues of our times. Santa Clara University will publish these lectures and distribute them throughout the United States and internationally.”

Cornwall describes herself on her blog as specializing in: “Research and writing in feminist theology, sexuality, gender, embodiment, ethics and other fun things like that.”

Susannah Cornwall, queer theologian

Susannah Cornwall, queer theologian

That a Catholic university invited Dr. Cornwall to deliver any lecture, even less the university’s prestigious Santa Clara Lecture, is reprehensible because Cornwall is known for her peculiar notion that Jesus might have been a hermaphrodite, i.e., with both male and female DNA and genitalia.

As reported by John Bingham for The Telegraph, Cornwall’s claim that it is “simply a best guess” that Jesus was male was published in response to the ongoing debate about women bishops in the Church of England.

In her paper “Intersex & Ontology, A Response to The Church, Women Bishops and Provision”, she argues that it is not possible to know “with any certainty” that Jesus did not suffer from an intersex condition, with both male and female organs, and that the fact that Jesus is not recorded to have had children made his gender status “even more uncertain”. As she put it:

“It is not possible to assert with any degree of certainty that Jesus was male as we now define maleness. There is no way of knowing for sure that Jesus did not have one of the intersex conditions which would give him a body which appeared externally to be unremarkably male, but which might nonetheless have had some ‘hidden’ female physical features.”

In arguing that Jesus might have been a hermaphrodite, Cornwall employs a logical fallacy called “the absence of evidence”. She argues:

“We cannot know for sure that Jesus was male – since we do not have a body to examine and analyse – it can only be that Jesus’ masculine gender role, rather than his male sex, is having to bear the weight of all this authority.”

The absence-of-evidence logical fallacy is when one argues that finding no evidence for something (X) is evidence for the absence of that thing (X). In Cornwall’s case, her logical fallacy is in arguing that the absence of Jesus’ body (for us to examine and analyze) constitutes evidence that he is not a male.

As several Telegraph readers point out, Corwall’s absence of evidence (Jesus’ body) is a ridiculous reason to doubt Jesus’ masculinity:

Baluba Swinarska: “And…we don’t know if he was 10 feet tall, had green hair, and a tail – all because we have no body to examine. Good argument lady.”

Bast Hotep: “There is no forensic evidence to prove that Jesus was not a large, intelligent talking cat either. That doesn’t mean he was one.”

Lev Kalman: “We also don’t know if he was an armadillo, because we have no body.”

Two Telegraph readers demonstrate they have more intelligence in their respective right toe than Dr. Susannah Cornwall has in all of what passes as her brain:

James A: “Her claims cannot be tested. Her hypothesis is unproveable.”

Rogan M: “What a stupid claim to make. ‘It can’t be proved’ does not trump ‘There is no evidence to suggest!’. This is just another radical feminist, as opposed to those real world feminists with aspirations and belief in self worth, to blur the edges of orthodoxy to advance their own contorted and distorted views.”

Keith Kilgore: “How does Dr Cornwall account for Luke 2:21*? Where Jesus was circumcised.”

*Note: In Luke 2:21, it is said: “At the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”


42 responses to “Feminist theologian: Jesus may have been a hermaphrodite

  1. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this incredible post. The arguments made above against Cornwall’s stupid and illogical conclusions are cogent, logical and full of common sense. Her method in evaluating evidence is laughable, stupid and a sin against any kind of reasonable conclusion.

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    • Joandarc . . . thank you for “setting the record straight.” I felt heartsick that anyone would come up with such “illogical conclusions” as you put it. This woman is in serious need of mental intervention. How very pitiful that there are those in this world who due to the fact that they have certain credentials are given credence regarding various matters. This absolutely is sinful on her part.

      Dr Eowyn, thank you for this article.

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  2. We know such invitations are conducted in Protestant organizations, my comments are not directed against Catholic organizations. I have ideas for further acceptance of people of other cultures and faiths. (The word “faith” makes every practitioner of any such belief holy – except Christians.) How about inviting Marina Abramovic and giving her the kitchen and dining room for a day of Spirit Cooking and fine dining? Don’t leave out Mayan and Aztec traditions! And treatment of kaffirs, those non-compliant to Islamic commands. We are marching forward, progressing towards Progress, to enter the New a World Ordure, sorry, Order.

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  3. Seems to me Jesus mother, Mary, never said anything other that her “son”. God told Mary that she would have a “son”. Way too many references as to Jesus being male. When Jesus was tortured and hung on the cross it was never mention anything abnormal about His body. Those that ridiculed Him on the way to be hung, nobody said anything about Him being abnormal. Way to many versus about being male. Yup, queers justify anything normal to being abnormal, like them who are totally abnormal in their thoughts. Wonder what else these female weirdos are going to come up with. Sheeesh!

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    • weezy . . . you have really hit the spot in your reply. How can any person of any degree of intelligence, read what those who intimately knew Christ said, and then come up with some lame brained idea such as this! Someone needs to catch this looney in a net and haul her away.

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  4. Eo, my head’s going to explode if you find anymore of this Bizarro New World Disorder madness posing as a solution to… what? Now we have the coming spectacle of Dr Cornhole about to transubstantiate the New Age Feminine Agenda as the New Age Feminine Bigenda! What’s next, relocation of the Vatican to the Moon?

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  5. These guys are living too close to high power radio transmission towers.
    And their skinny-jeans are too tight.
    Their grandparents took too much acid.
    And their parents are probably still stoned.
    The slow, the sick and the weak are the first to be culled from the herd.

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    • At 74, and a True Survivor of the SF Flower Power era and other potentially fatal dizziness, I can attest that EVERYTHING you wrote above certainly applies: if anything, it’s likely not emphatic enough, but that’s only IMO.


  6. traildustfotm

    Based on some of the effeminate paintings of Jesus, one might think that.


    • Effeminate? His face on the Shroud looks 100% masculine to me.
      Face on the Shroud

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    • It’s true, traildust, a school of portrait painting circa 1865-1935 had a strong tendency to portray Jeshua that way, due to the artists’ infatuation w/a now-discredited Romantic Philosophy & estheticsm that believed in ‘sweetness and light’ as an overarching principle to inform all artistic endeavours. [Ugh, heave, and near puke!]

      I should also point out the first to be dropped from its annals of the high were poets & writers, as their style quickly became insufferable treacle. There’s a good general article on this at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanticism.

      And finally, to show you how very misguided its followers were, the end of the movement was when ‘Romanticism was seen by Isaiah Berlin as disrupting for over a century the classic Western traditions of rationality and the idea of moral absolutes and agreed values, leading “to something like the melting away of the very notion of objective truth”,[30] and hence not only to nationalism, but also fascism and totalitarianism, with a gradual recovery coming only after World War II.’ Note his comment re the loss of objective truth & moral absolutes.

      And this ‘genius’ woman’s decided to revist this revanchism in all its stupidity: no wonder I’m a conservative! Thank you, Dr Richard Weaver, our USofA founder and still best spokeman [IMO].

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  7. Yet another religion hater heard from. Never content being atheist, they’re compelled to convince everyone just how absurd and useless faith in something more significant than themselves really is.

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  8. By that same token I’ve never had a conversation with Ms. Cornwall so I can’t verify she’s not an idiot.

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  9. Things like this are humorous and VERY revealing to those paying attention. It cannot be imagined this university permitting a reciprocal speech on Jesus’ views on the “Jews” and what the Talmud has to say about Jesus?! Revealing an agenda not naivete.

    Yeah, its in there, in many places, as is using the universities as their wellsprings for destroying Christianity and society:

    Protocols 17:2. “We have long past taken care to discredit the priesthood of the “Goyim,” and thereby to ruin their mission on earth which in these days might still be a great hindrance to us. Day by day its influence on the peoples of the world is falling lower. Freedom of conscience has been declared everywhere, so that now only years divide us from the moment of the complete wrecking of that Christian religion…”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

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  10. Rank blasphemy. This directly contradicts all of the prophecies concerning Christ Jesus, and tries to make God a liar.

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  11. Well, it is obvious she hates religion and with her own sexual confusion makes her want company. Her little pissy ant try to destroy something precious to so many proves her illness.

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  12. She sounds like either a total air head or a satanist in disguise. Or both. Who the hell would even go see her talk?

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    • chemtrailssuck . . . You have a very important point . . .”Who the hell would even go see her talk?” I myself, cannot even come up with an amount of money that would induce me to attend one of her lectures! She is just one brick short of a load.

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  13. The feminist is on maternity leave until April 2017. This kid is going to grow up with wacky principles.

    Please note that I will be on maternity leave from June 2016 to April 2017. http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/theology/staff/cornwall/

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    • DCG. . . I pity any child that is brought up by this woman . . . she is definitely not playing with a full deck, or she has been seduced by all this pseudo psycho babble nonsense.

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  14. Feminist Theologian Claims We Can’t Be Sure Jesus Was Male


    From the article…

    Peter Mullen, a priest with the Church of England, wrote a response to Cornwall in The Telegrah. In it he refutes her claims saying that “the gospels were written in Greek and they always use the male pronoun [to] refer to Jesus. Not once do they use the equally available feminine or neuter pronouns.”

    He also notes that the gospel writers seem to have assumed that Jesus was a man, “and if masculinity is recognized by particular characteristics, there is a pretty huge pile of circumstantial evidence. In the infancy stories, Jesus is referred to as a male child. On his ritual pilgrimage to the temple when he was twelve, he is described as a boy.”

    Chris Rosebrough, apologist and host of Fighting for the Faith, tackled Cornwall’s claims as well on a recent radio broadcast. He said she rejects sound doctrine in her paper.

    Rosebrough also turned to Scripture for the matter, citing the third gospel where Luke begins the story of Jesus by noting that the account he is writing comes from eyewitnesses.

    He says Luke got some of his information directly from Mary, and when the angel of the Lord appeared to her, he told her she was going to conceive and bear a child who would be called “the Son of the Most High.”

    Rosebrough went on to show that in the first chapter of Luke any references to Jesus are made using male-gender pronouns.

    The radio host’s final point on the matter of Jesus’ maleness was the fact that on the eighth day of his life he was taken to the temple and circumcised. Rosebrough said he was circumcised according to the law of Moses, which never allowed for any sort of female circumcision, a practice not taught in scripture.

    “If Jesus wasn’t a male the obvious question is then what did they have circumcised?” Rosebrough said.

    He emphasized that Cornwall has no evidence for her claims, and that we can know with 100 percent certainty Jesus was male. Rosebrough denounced Cornwall’s speculation is “idolatry of highest and worst degree.”

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    • CP . . .I think that you have brought up an extremely important idea . . . when the Baby Jesus was circumcised — don’t you think that everyone who was present would have been “taken aback” with the fact that he had the sexual organs of both sexes. This very fact would have dogged him all his days, and NO ONE would have accepted him as the Son of God under those circumstances. He would never have risen to any degree of prominence. I am sickened by the fact that this looney would spread such scurrilous. libelous and slanderous ideas about Jesus Christ, the author of Our Salvation!

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  15. Miss Corn’holly’o is a profane woman, should not have the grace of bearing children. But more profane and blasphemous is the school for inviting her.

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  16. No need to waste time analyzing gay activist stunts like this–it’s a manifestly public mockery of the person of Our Lord, Jesus Christ and implicit denial of His divinity. We should be grateful these clerical apostates are now so emboldened that they flagrantly parade their Satanic apostasy in public. We know them by their fruits, and what could be clearer? The Church overcame the Arian heresy and it will be there long after today’s clergy is purged of these homosexual activists now here insinuating by proxy that Jesus is not only merely human but that he may not even have been fully a man. It’s hard to imagine a greater scandal or hatred of God and the Church.

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    • Dan, your statement was absolutely on the money. This stunt is not even worth responding to. The only thing is this sorry excuse for a human being is being allowed the access of young and impressionable minds which are already the recipients of brainwashing for their entire lives via MTV and the
      rest of the mind control passing as curricula in schools these days. Santa Clara U should be ashamed of themselves. This is not education, it’s a travesty.

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  17. As I commented in another posting earlier today, there is a hermaphroditic agenda afoot…and it isn’t only afoot in academia and Holy Wood.

    Cornwall states: “It is not possible to assert with any degree of certainty that Jesus was male as we now define maleness.”
    I’d like to know what she means by “…as we now define maleness”. “Now” as opposed to a time when it was defined differently? When would that time have been and how was maleness defined then?

    I imagine in Cornwall’s world all sexual definitions are ‘fluid,’ depending on the day, time, place, and implied beneficiary.

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  18. Jesus is “True Man and True God.” Question to ponder: Is this woman admitting she is a lesbian, or wishes to be one?
    She blasphemes.

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  20. Dr. Eowyn, As far as I am concerned the shroud is a faked painting. GOD never allowed a painter to paint the face of JESUS. In the 10 Commandments we are told NOT to have imagery of things in Heaven, in the air, on earth or even under the seas. That is GODS was of keeping us from worshiping Idols. We are left to believe on and worship JESUS by faith only. Also the Bible says JESUS was wrapped in a burial cloth with a napkin placed over HIS face. This cloth looks like it was draped over a body. Lastly if JESUS had been inter-sexed, the Jews of that time would have stoned HIM to death. Also women of that time were not allowed to be in the inter temple nor would that be allowed to preach. This whole theory is BS as far as I am concerned.


  21. As Dr. Eowyn pointed out, our Lord and Savior was circumcised. It would have been big news in Bethlehem if a child was born a hermaphrodite.
    The angels would not have heralded the shepherds to worship a hermaphrodite in the manger. and upon Jesus’ death, his naked body would have revealed hermaphrodite features: “And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” John 23:54-56.

    We know for certain that God loves us. We also know that satan will try every trick to create doubt, confusion, distrust.
    this “female” has embraced the devil’s lies and confusion on many levels.

    Jesus is the PERFECT Son of God.
    hermaphrodites have sexual genetic abnormalities and are sterile.
    the 2 aforementioned cannot coexist.
    If we want to know what God looks like, look to Jesus:
    “Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.’
    Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.'” John 14:8-11.
    “Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” John 20:29.
    God made man in His own image and God made man with the ability to procreate. Male and female complement one another and fit perfectly together like pieces of a puzzle and the picture of the puzzle is life.

    hermaphrodites cannot procreate and are not fully male or female, but that doesn’t mean God loves them any less. God loves all of His creation.
    perhaps God created hermaphrodites to remind us of the importance of life/procreation. Procreation is not a right…..it is a blessing.

    I pray this “female” (?…I do wonder if “she” is “intersexed” or male) repents of “her” lifestyle and of “her” blasphemies of the Lord before it’s too late.

    “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7.

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  22. baptistdeacon2016

    If you study Roman crucifixion, you would know that the one being crucified was not covered. The depictions showing Jesus and the thieves as being covered are not accurate. Surely the Roman soldiers and everyone present would have seen this. What we have here is just another educated fool. See Ps. 1:1 regarding fools and God.

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  23. Charles Barnard

    Matthew 3:17 This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.

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  24. Kenneth Zilli

    The real issue is what are the Jesuits thinking by inviting her


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