Moderates attract adults, Fundamentalists rely on babies

Table from Vegard Skirbekk, Eric Kaufmann, and Anne Goujon. “Secularism, Fundamentalism, or Catholicism? The Religious Composition of the United States to 2043.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49.2 (June 2010): 293-310.

This matrix is dynamite: it shows how people in the USA changed their religious affiliation after age 16 and what […]

Church of England should not make reproductive potential essential to marriage

Having researched Christian attitudes to human fertility, when I saw the recent Church of England statement (7 December 2012) on marriage my attention immediately focused on a phrase that looks dangerously close to the idea that a marriage is validated by its potential for reproductivity (an ideology that can be labelled “reproductionism”). My reaction appears […]

Rick Santorum : dangerous natalism

Two of the leading Republican candidates to become U.S. President in 2012 are pronatalist (advocates of higher birth rates). Rick Santorum in his book “It Takes A Family…” claims that “Europeans appear firmly committed to the most disastrous family trend of all: they are simply not having children. … What all of this means […]

U.S. Protestant Natalism and Martin Luther

Author version (submission before editing, no page numbers) of an article published as McKeown, John P. “Receptions of Israelite nation-building: Modern Protestant Natalism and Martin Luther.” in Dialog: A Journal of Theology 49(2), pp. 133-140. Web version follows below. PDF is available to download from University of Chester repository.

Abstract: Ancient nation-building demanded fecundity and […]