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Tuesday, March 7, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

And I don’t mean the TV show (although it ain’t what it used to be…).

Middle son had a little spill on his bike this evening, that resulted in the need for a 911 call and a trip to the ER. Aside from a splint on his left arm and a likely mild concussion, he is well.

I will say that there are better ways to have spent five and a half hours…

Hopefully his arm will be ok, the poor thing just stared baseball on Saturday and was supposed to have his second practice tomorrow. They aren’t certain it is a fracture, so let’s hope it isn’t-the x-ray didn’t show a break, but rather a “fat pad” (?) that might indicate a fracture, and so we have been referred to an orthopedist.

Update : a point of clarification-our initial concern was a concussion, and he probably had a mild one (he’s fine now). He was unusually lethargic after the incident, fell asleep at one point (very, very unusual for that time of day) and was extremely difficult to awaken, and we had a hard time keeping him awake later, hence the 911 call. I realize that the post (written after the ER and pharmacy trips) made it sound like I called 911 for an arm injury, which wasn’t the case. It was the keeping the kid conscious issue that was of issue.

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Sunday, February 19, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

AFPCircumcision battle lands parents of eight-year-old in US court.

And by 8 years of age, I am thinking it is best to leave things as they are, so to speak.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via UPI: Depression might be part of being a parent

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Thursday, January 26, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

I started the morning trying not to lose my patience while trying to get Oldest Son out of bed and ended the evening trying not to lose my patience to get Oldest Son into bed.

That’s just not right.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

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Friday, December 23, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Son of Colts coach Tony Dungy found dead of apparent suicide

I cannot imagine, as a father, having this happen.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Michelle at ASV points to this column by Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville in which he argues against deliberate childlessness (in the context of marriage).

Obviously, I am pro-procreation; after all I have an average-busting three children, but I find myself rather unimpressed with Mohler’s piece and his argument. For one thing, he seems to inflate the movement towards childlessness and calls it an “epidemic.” This strikes me as clear hyperbole. Further, I think he makes some dubious theological and logical claims.

Let’s consider all of this.

Would life be easier without children? Yes.

Would life be cheaper without children? Heck yes.

Would my life be as rich? No.

Would I be the person I am now? No.

Might I be an idiot who thinks that having pets is the same as having kids. I suppose.

Still, having said all of that, I don’t accept the argument that one is required by the Christian faith to procreate

Yes, in Genesis 1:28 there is a commandment to “be fruitful and multiply�? but that is “in the beginning” (i.e., there are just the two people at that point in the story). The command is again given to Noah and his family post flood in Genesis 8:17. I don’t think you can take either as a generalized command. Context matters, you know. Even if it is a generalization command, in the current context, the human race is being fruitful and multiplying, but I do not see that the command could be construed as being specific to each human being.

Even the verse that Mohler cites doesn’t contain a command:

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” [Psalm 127: 3-5]

Just because something is a blessing, doesn’t mean that God has commanded something to be. Although I am aware that some (incorrectly in my view) interpret this verse as to mean that we should all have a large number of children.

Heck, Paul writes that it is better not to marry in 1 Corinthians 7—so does that mean that we should aspire to that state? And was Paul ignoring the injunction to “be fruitful and multiply�? in Genesis?

Mohler states:

Couples are not given the option of chosen childlessness in the biblical revelation.

I don’t accept that conclusion, as there are childless married couples in the Bible, and there is nothing that I am aware of that directly commands all couples to procreate. It is often noted that being barren and wanting children was a sorrow, but I don’t see any condemnation on these people for their lack of children. Further, while he says the following “[t]hey rely on others to produce and sustain the generations to come�? he is ignoring the fact that the same charge could be leveled at people who remain unmarried and have no children. Given that Christ Himself never married this is a difficult argument to maintain logically, given that Mohler seems to want to argue that every human being has the responsibility to reproduce to help support the race. And even if you put Christ in a special category, you still have to explain the Apostle Paul and his statements in 1 Corinthians 7 (not to mention his life in general, which was childless).

Indeed, despite being a Baptist, Mohler’s arguments sound almost Catholic, insofar as taken to their logical extremes, contraception should be banned, and my wife and I are wrong to have stopped at only three children.

No, it seems to me that Mohler is allowing other views other than purely biblical ones to color his thinking. Indeed, Mohler seems a bit hung up on the idea that sex might be considered an end of itself, rather than a route to procreation. First, his assumption that such thinking is only a modern, post-sexual revolution phenomenon is simply false (read some history or literature pre-1960 and oddly, one will find that people have been having sex for the pleasure of sex for some time). Second, is he suggesting that once a married coupled has passed beyond child-bearing that sex ought to be shelved? I expect not.

His position doesn’t seem all that well thought out—indeed, it is more a response to what he sees as some shallow reasons not to have children than a very well constructed logical or theological argument against purposeful childlessness.

And yes, I do think that many people choose not to have children for selfish reasons, but I also think that if one doesn’t want children, better not to have them. As Mohler himself says “Parenthood is not a hobby�? so if one really doesn’t want to be a parent, perhaps it is best for all involved that one not become one.

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Friday, August 5, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Jim Kelly’s Son Hunter Dies of Disease

Hunter Kelly, whose battle with a fatal nervous system disease inspired his Hall of Fame father Jim Kelly’s charitable works, died Friday morning. He was 8.

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Born in 1997, Hunter Kelly was given no more than three years to live after being diagnosed with Krabbe Disease, an inherited degenerative disorder of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The disease hinders development of the myelinmyelin sheath, a fatty covering that protects the brain’s nerve fibers.

Very, very sad. Hunter was only a few months younger than my oldest son.

My thoughts and prayer are extended to the Kelly family.

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Sunday, June 19, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Happy Father’s Day to one of my loyal readers, my Dad: Roy Taylor. However, he is likely getting ready to head to the golf course at the moment, so he may not see this today. At any rate, I hope he has a good one.

And for all Fathers out there, especially those with small children, here’s a toon for your enjoyment.

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Monday, May 2, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Reuters: Stay-At-Home Moms Deserve High Pay, Analysis Shows

The old adage that “a mother’s work is never done” remains as true now as ever. Today’s stay-at-home Moms are learning what their predecessors always knew — they’d be making a lot of money doing their job outside the home.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, an informal study conducted by Web site Salary.com shows that stay-at-home moms would earn an average of $131,471 annually, including overtime, if they received a paycheck.

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Of course, a stay-at-home parent does not work typical office hours. The hypothetical median salary is based on a 100-hour work week and assumes caring for at least two children of school age.

Short version: being a stay-at-home mom is hard work, hence the umbrage when people who don’t know that ask a stay-at-home mom “what do you do all day?”

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