Is deliberate childlessness moral rebellion? (Christian marriage)

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I’ve had a couple posts where I gave a general defense of singles and those married without children in the church and Christian subculture – particularly within evangelicalism. Why a defense? Because these groups can be marginalized, maligned, and misunderstood – sometimes overtly/purposefully and other times inadvertently. In this post, I want to delve more into Scripture – specifically marriage and children.

A few examples of what I am addressing… Some interpret “be fruitful and multiply” in Genesis as a command to be obeyed by all, even today. The primary and essential purpose of marriage is procreation and the raising of children. Companionship is secondary. A marriage without children is inconceivable (no pun intended!). Infertility is seen as an exception, of course, but perceived as a problem to be solved through medical intervention or adoption.

Married couples without kids (by choice) can be characterized as having…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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1 Response to Is deliberate childlessness moral rebellion? (Christian marriage)

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for the reblog James.

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