Cornwall, of Manchester Universtiy’s Lincoln Theological Institute, said in an essay entitled, “Intersex and Ontology, a response to The Church, Women Bishops and Provision,” that is isn’t possible to know with any certainty that Jesus wasn’t a hermaphrodite.

“It is impossible to assert with any degree of certainty that Jesus was a 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.”

“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 weigh of all this authority.”

Shane Colder, a parishioner from Cheshire, called Cornwall’s theory “demonstrably ridiculous”.

“It strikes me as patently non-sensical to say: ‘Jesus wasn’t a man just because nobody has ever seen his penis’.”

Cornwall cites that fact that Jesus didn’t have any children as further evidence for her theory.

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