Another immaculate conception

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat May 18 05:22:07 UTC 2013

As Fred Shapiro notes at, people often misunderstand what "immaculate conception" means. (The virgin conception of Mary being included in the term "virgin birth" is not transparent.)

Another instance of this is in "The Mystery of the Immaculately Conceived Baby Anteater" (, which includes the sentence: 'Some people thought it was "immaculate anteater conception" (though probably no one really thought that).'

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA
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