Multiply and Replenish My Pills - Page 2
Ancient religious doctrines do not necessarily produce antiquated adherents. Modern family and child-rearing styles have largely matched the social, economic, and demographic realities of the times. Mechanization and marketable skills have replaced manual labor and bartered goods. Large families were once favored because many children provided many hands for working and maintaining a subsistence lifestyle. But these reproductive archetypes were more a survival adaptation than an expression of religious maxims.
The Guttmacher survey failed to mention the marital status of the women in the survey. And this is where the question of religious belief becomes relevant. If taken from the standpoint of a woman who is religious and in a committed marital relationship, there is nothing in the contraceptive study that is in direct conflict with most religious views and practice. Most faiths encourage couples to employ wisdom and experience in their decisions regarding having children. The family unit is usually best designed and built from the inside out, with timing, finances, and the future in mind. Contraception is vastly superior to abortion as a means of family planning. I suppose that God would not be displeased if, to His command to "multiply and replenish the Earth," was added the caveat, "in wisdom, with good timing, and only as many children as you can care for properly."