This author was saying that Mary, being very pregnant, would not have been in a good condition to make the 80 mile trip to Bethlehem just for the census, but that the NT writers chose the story to help align Jesus up to the house of David, thus fulfilling a prophecy.
I’m not a Biblical literalist but I take most, if not all, of the Gospel histories as literal. I’ve read, researched, and heard all of the atheists criticisms and arguments and find most of them silly. But this one bugs me a bit. I consider it more when I think about how Jesus’s divine nature seemed to be emphasized more and more from the first book “mark” up until John. Leading critics to suggest that the “Christology” of Jesus became more developed in later editions to the story.
Just wondering what you guys thought of this. God Bless!