> Why do you have a problem believing that Mary was a virgin?
> It seems to me a simple enough belief to hold given the
> magnitude of the whole story!
I have a problem with it because it makes no sense, it's an invalidation of sex and has no support in Jesus teachings. It's a myth the Church stuck into the gospels. James was Jesus' brother--was Mary a virgin for that birth too? When we take a physical birth, we agree to be physical, not bend the rules. Jesus certainly didn't teach abstinence, and in fact had a physical relationship with Mary Magdalene. He was human.
The virgin birth is as ridiculous as the doctrine/belief of the physical resurrection of Jesus. It flies in the face of his teachings that the physical body is a grave, that the people stuck in it are the living dead, and that the kingdom of heaven is WITHIN.