This is something that I have done a lot of thinking about over the course of a few years and after talking with many people. Years ago, when I first heard that the Catholics had banned birth control I thought, “How strange, surely there are *no* calls on that one in the Bible”. Then my husband and I were over in England and we stayed with a delightful friend of the family who is Jewish. In one of our many marathon length conversations she mentions that she is terribly unhappy that the Israeli government is actively encouraging their population to have many children.
Ditto in fundamentalist Christianity.
That clip on another thread of the child reciting Psalm 23 just reinforces my belief: you really do pass on your beliefs to your children. So if I have 1 or 2 or no children…then my belief system will be limited to them. Yes, you can plant the seeds of new or different ideas in other people’s minds but the ones you have the *most* control over are the people you create or…educate.
Now think about how many scientist, mathematicians, economists etc. you know that have multiple (3+) children. I find it hard to think of any. What I have witnessed and the stats I have read correlates higher IQs with fewer children.
So my church down the street actively preaches having many children, no birth control and we go there every Sunday to have that theology reinforced. We talk with people who are like-minded and form social groups based on that. Look at every family on those wonky TLC shows with women having upwards of 16 children :O They all have a common religion.
So my mom had the right idea with by having 6 kids. She passed her IQ on to most of us and raised us to question…always.
In secular countries populations are tumbling….but look who is having the most children….
So are we destined to tumble back into a highly dogmatic religious era, or are already sliding down that slippery slope?