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  1. I like and respect Dr. Mohler, but am not sure I agree with him on this issue. (I give more thought to the “if you aren’t called to celebacy, get married” argument he makes, but Scripture supports that position more.)

    I think he’s looking at Christians more than non-believers here (at least, so he saith upon his blog - the man is one of the most prolific writers I’ve seen - check out albertmohler.com if so inclined). I’m just not sure that deliberate childlessness is always a sin. However, when I do get married, I very much plan to have at least one child as soon as I can.

    Comment by B. Minich, PI — Wednesday, August 17, 2005 @ 4:54 pm

  2. The West is dying. We need more children. The 3rd World will take over the West in population in a few decades.

    Comment by patd95 — Wednesday, August 17, 2005 @ 5:31 pm

  3. Actually, the U.S. is NOT dying, as our birth rate is at least at the level of replacement. Western Europe is dying by the standards of native birth rates.

    And Mohler is known for making absolutist statements. That’s how he got to be president of Southern Baptist Seminary as a 32-year-old state baptist paper editor.

    Anyway, excellent response, Steve.

    Comment by Bryan S. — Wednesday, August 17, 2005 @ 9:28 pm

  4. patd95,
    I’m not sure where you are getting your numbers, but the 3rd World is already larger, in population, than the West. According to my source (Calvert & Calvert, Politics and Society in the Third World, 1996), “Three out of four [people] live in the Third World.” I think they passed us a long time ago.

    The argument I often hear is that the “wrong people” are having children. I don’t really think we want to go down that road. In my opinion, Pro-creation = good, eugenics = bad.

    Comment by Jan — Wednesday, August 17, 2005 @ 9:35 pm

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  6. Good topic. I tend to agree with you on this one. I have five children-not because it was my duty-but because we like children, I would like to think we are good parents-Hollie and I both came from small families (our kids have ZERO cousins to play with-something I remember fondly growing up), etc.

    Is it hard? Yes. Expensive? Yes. Tense at times? Yes. Worth it? Yes, yes, yes, to us a hundred times yes.

    I do think a commentor above is correct is fearing our reducing procreation (in the West) is a negative-if you believe in Western Civilization and the fact that to preserve it you have to inculcate its values to future generations.

    One final and sensitive point about sex beng about pleasure or procreation. I think the Bible says both! Can I quote a racy verse out of the Bible here “A loving doe[your wife], a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.”
    Proverbs 5:19.

    Also, if you have ever read the book of Song of Solomon-there’s a lot about the pleasure of marriage-nothing I recall about child-bearing (although that can be a pleasure too).

    Comment by Bart Harmon — Friday, August 19, 2005 @ 9:37 am

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