Jesus Christ was not God, and Mary was not a virgin, according to a controversial new book written by an Australian Catholic priest.
“This whole matter regarding Jesus being God ... not only does violence to my own intelligence, but must be a sticking point,” Father Peter Dresser writes in his new book, "God Is Big. Real Big."
“For millions of people trying to make some kind of sense of the Christian religion ... No human being can ever be God, and Jesus was a human being. It is as simple as that.”
Dresser claims Joseph was Jesus’s father, Mary was not a virgin – and actually had six children – and that the story of the resurrection should not be taken literally.
Dresser's book has angered conservative Catholics across Australia.
“The Council of Nicaea settled the question that Christ was God in 325, so he is 1700 years out of date," Sydney priest Anthony Robbie said. “The rest is a regurgitation of every discredited 19th-century liberal Protestant German cliche in the book.”