Monday, December 19, 2011

Unto Us a Child Is Born

With Christmas a few short days away, I thought it would be appropriate to post another snippet from the book, one that refers to the Christmas story. This is from chapter 6 in a section that compares the birth of William (Mulder and Scully's son) to the nativity of Jesus.

Alex Krycek tells Mulder and Scully later in “Essence,” “Your baby was a miracle. Born of a barren mother’s barren womb. . . . [The aliens are] afraid of its implications. That it could somehow be greater than them. Something more human than human. . . . I wanted to destroy the truth before they learn the truth.” Connecting the dots, Mulder deduces what this truth is: “That there’s a God, a higher power.” Like the conception of Jesus, a miracle that shows the hand of God at work, William’s birth is also seen to be something that defies both science and aliens, and thus evidence of God’s intervention. Matthew 1:23 quotes from Isaiah 7:14, “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” and explains that the name means, “God is with us.” Like the birth of Jesus, the birth of William is also taken as evidence that God is with us, with the humans, and may represent a power that the aliens cannot withstand.

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