Skip to comments.History of Contraception in the Protestant Church: How Protestants Learned to Love 'The Pill'
Posted on 08/26/2020 3:20:25 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
In constructing his evangelical family ethic, [Martin] Luther placed emphasis on Genesis 1:28: Be fruitful and multiply.
This living-together of husband and wifethat they occupy the same home, that they take care of the household, that together they produce and bring up childrenis a kind of faint image and a remnant, as it were, of that blessed living together [in Eden].
Luther knew that the contraceptive mentality was alive and well in his own time. He noted that this inhuman attitude, which is worse than barbarous, was found chiefly among the well born, the nobility and princes. Elsewhere, he linked contraception to selfishness:
How great, therefore, the wickedness of [fallen] human nature is! How many girls there are who prevent conception and kill and expel tender fetuses, although procreation is the work of God! Indeed, some spouses who marry and live together have various ends in mind, but rarely children.
In short, Luthers fierce rejection of contraception and abortion lay at the very heart of his reforming zeal and his evangelical theology. His own marriage to Katherine von Bora and their brood of children set a model for the Protestant Christian home, one that would stand for nearly four hundred years.
And yet, by the 1960′s and 1970′s, virtually all Protestant churchesin America as in Europeembraced contraception...Pope Paul VIs courageous opposition to these acts in the 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae, won broad condemnation from Protestant leaders as an attempt to impose Catholic views on the world...
How had a central pillar of the evangelical Protestant ethic been reversed so completely?
Some recent historical investigations offer partial answers...
For example, the first formal break came within the Anglican communion, or the Church of England, with the clergy themselves leading the way...
(Excerpt) Read more at bound4life.com ...
Once again Im reminded of one Harry Fosdick who gave a talk (too much to call it a sermon) he called Shall the Fundamentalists Win?
Fosdick apparently thought he had prepared the congregation he ministered to so they would accept his modernist theology but instead he, having let the cat out of the bag about modernist heresies, lost his job and his talk became infamous as actual Christians learned about the sort that had been sneaking in.
What we call liberal Protestantism then saw a period of frequently leaving or forcing to leave the company of those who didnt go along, who still clung to the fundamentals of the faith.
It is from these you will find the virtually all Protestant churches going along with the culture in the sexual revolution ... Im guessing that all has less to do with the flyover country as it was then than more.
At least Great Britain passed a law to legalize abortion. In the US, contraception and abortion and faggotry and fag marriage and cross dressing are, thanks to a few lawyers, all made-up rights. And GB has a monarch while we are supposedly a self governing republic.
It's like the Supreme Court is there to create vacuums into which debauchery can be released.
Oh look, another “I hate non-Catholics with a hot hot hate” thread.
You don’t remember the bad old days of the religion forum.
There was a guy who said all Protestants and most Catholics are going to hell because of some sort of particular Catholic sect he was in said so.
Then there was the great thread on the various supposed bodily relics of Jesus (think about that) and Mary.
The Roe decision enshrines the "right" of one generation to terminate the next. What nonsense under a Constitution that promises to secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
I think the liberals misread that as ‘posterior’.
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