Hello, Andreas, and thank you for writing to me about this.
Yes. For the reasons already given. Do not look to Protestant 'scholars' - their opinion is worthless. Look to the Holy Tradition of the Church which is the 'pillar and ground of truth' as the Apostle says. If you do not believe that Christ was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, how can you say the Creed? If you deny the Virgin birth of Christ, you are not in good order with the Church and should not take Holy Communion.
Yes, I have at some times had a little bit of difficulty saying the Creed, like you said, since I do not have a strong faith about the virgin birth and incarnation, however I have thoight of it as something that I strive towards. They are not something I seriously deny, nor do I have a basis to, and was told by several priests that in order to strengthen my faith I should take communion while praying about this. If I should do otherwise, then I would.
Many of the supposed arguments against the virgin birth I do not agree with. Some of them claim incorrectly that a virgin birth is impossible or incorrectly claim that the Bible doesn't point to the virgin birth outside of Matthew and Luke. Nor do I like how "high-minded" some "naturalists'" sayings sound, such as Carl Sagan's famous: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". Unfortunately that saying may reflect the main part of my own doubts about the virgin birth.
Very many people have claimed miraculous sightings of Christ and the Theotokos, along with other miracles, and they can be considered "extraordinary evidence". Nonetheless, I could imagine alternate explanations for those phenomenon rather than a virgin birth.
Edited by H. Smith, 24 June 2014 - 11:08 PM.