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To: muawiyah
It's true that people had little idea about the microbiology of sperm, eggs, DNA etc. until very recently. However the Christian moral objection to contracepted acts is not that they are the same as homicide (abortion) but that they are the same as Onanism, i.e. altering the sex act to make it infertile. It is a form of sacrilege, i.e. it trivializes our understanding of the profundity of sex.

Contracepted acts radically flatten and shrink our perception of the sanctity of man-woman bodily union.

That has certainly been borne out by experience. a contraceptive culture has no concept of "sacredness" in respect to sex--- none at all. And such a culture is ever MORE abortion-minded. Contraception does not help matters. Contraception and abortion, historically, go up in tandem.

A perspective more fully elucidated here

http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=17-01-020-v>

10 posted on 11/13/2011 2:11:08 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
For folks whose own ancestors had serious problems of what is called "indeterminate infertility" where half your offspring are infertile, much of the moral concerns take a totally different tack.

Did you realize that such populations, with 1/4 the reproduction rate of everyone else, yet the same or even higher death rate, tend not to grow over geologic periods of time?

A tribe could only boost its population through the expedient of passing around the women to see who could get pregnant.

Typically a woman, or a man, facing this dilemma, will have 5 spouses over the course of the normal breeding age.

Charles Darwin was apparently unaware that ran in his family and then he ended up married to a first cousin ~ and half their kids ended up infertile (much to everyone's consternation).

I always take all of the standard arguments (for or against divorce, wife-swapping, contraception, and other sexual matters) and crank them through the logic of this condition.

Onan may well have run afoul of the pro scripts in a population with indeterminate infertility ~ which is why he was killed by a lightning bolt ~ which is a suggestion this is a really, really, really ancient story probably handed down by Ice Age hunter/gatherers who were probably all afflicted with the condition.

(God, of course, is the author of moral prescripts, but with Onan you are looking at a death penalty for behavior he probably didn't invent ~ and it's highly unlikely the Hebrews in Moses' camp were subjected to all that many death penalties for that particular sin ~ hence it's a moral lesson, not a current event).

11 posted on 11/13/2011 2:32:14 PM PST by muawiyah
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