21 Apr How Contraception Changed History – Intro
I read a short article on contraception this week and it sparked a desire within me to write a series of posts outlining the modern history of contraception with the goal of showing how this one issue is at the root of a significant number of the problems we are facing in society today.
What inspired me to write this series was reading the following few sentences:
“The idea that using birth control is against the will of God is absurd. All modern Christian churches accept the necessity of birth control due to current concerns about overpopulation and personal freedom, so it can’t be against the will of God.
Only the patriarchal, backwards Roman Catholic Church still bans birth control, but this prohibition is useless because almost all Catholics use birth control anyway!”
In this series, I would like to respond to some of the claims made in the quotation above and present an argument that the Church’s teaching on contraception enables couples to be co-creators with God, and gives them the freedom to love each other more deeply than those who resort to artificial birth control.
This is a large task and it will take some posts for me to present the history of contraception and the reason why I hold the beliefs I do on this issue so please bear with me and stay tuned.
Before we begin…
Let’s define our terms.
What is contraception?
It is a relatively clear word. If we break the word down, we see the Latin word “contra” meaning “against or in opposition to” followed by a short form of the word “conception” which we all know is the beginning of life. So just looking at the word contraception we can see that it is defined as; an act which is in opposition to new life. This will be important for us to keep mind for future posts.
I hope and pray that this series of blog posts will be informative and that everyone can learn something from it. If you would like to have a discussion with me about this topic or anything on the blog, please feel free to post your questions in the comments section below and I would be happy to have a discussion. All I ask is that the conversation is civil and respectful.
See you next time when we discuss the Anglican Bishops’ Lambeth Conference of 1930.