The Templeton Prize Awarded to Dr. Deepak Oz Mountebank
The Templeton Prize, the annual award given to one who has “made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension,” was awarded to Dr. Deepak Oz Mountebank today for his groundbreaking work in facultative Parthenogenesis. Dr. Mountebank awoke this morning by the Templeton Prize team holding a gratuitously large check for 1,100,000 sterling (approximately 1.8 million US dollars). The researcher quickly placed his spectacles on and surveyed the smiling faces and camera crew. “At first I feared for my life,” stated Dr Mountebank. “Then I saw the check, and knew I hit the proverbial pay dirt.”
Dr Mountebank’s paper, Facultative Parthenogenesis and the Virgin Birth of Jesus, took the faith-based science world by storm earlier this year. It was first printed in the religiously-reviewed Journal of Speculative Biology. Since then a host of other periodicals such as The Metaphysical Review, The International Apologetics Society and Theoretical and Applied Dogma have confirmed Dr Mountebank’s central thesis: Jesus Christ was born of a virgin via the well know biological process known as facultative Parthenogenesis.
Facultative Parthenogenesis, broadly speaking, is when a captive female of the species produces an embryo from an egg with no input from a male. While the process is not uncommon in the plant world and in some invertebrates, there are some examples of Parthenogenesis happening with creatures of the higher orders. For instance, scientists have discovered through genetic testing that some female wild snakes have been found to produce offspring without the aid from a counterpart. Even the common barnyard chicken can produce viable eggs without a cock-a-doodle-doo. – Dr Mountebank
The granting of the award created quite a stir amongst those who follow the Templeton Prize. March is the traditional time that the august honor is given, but the committee thought that an important paper such as Facultative Parthenogenesis and the Virgin Birth of Jesus warranted an extra prize this year. Dr Mountebank humbly agreed with them.
On the matter of how Dr Mountebank came to the conclusion that Jesus’ birth was caused by this biological process the researcher stated, “I prayed about it, and the Holy Spirit ministered to me.” Indeed, the other researchers who corroborated the findings also found that the Holy Spirit revealed the mystery to them after a few minutes of intense reflection.
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