Who Shall Inherit the Earth? The Religious

September 19, 2010

I commend this excellent article. It discusses the staggering drop in fertility rates worldwide including the US. And it mentions the role that religion plays in the whole thing.

“But on this question there are two Americas today: a secular population that wants small families (or no family at all) and a religious population that wants larger families. Religious affiliation is part of the story, but the real difference comes with church attendance. Among people who seldom or never go to church, 66 percent say that zero, one, or two children is the ideal family size, and only 25 percent view three-or-more children as ideal. Among those who go to church monthly, the three-or-more number edges up to 29 percent. But among those who attend church every week, 41 percent say three or more children is ideal, while only 47 percent think that a smaller family is preferable. When you meet couples with more than three children today, chances are they’re making a cultural and theological statement.”

It would appear that there is a connection between believing the world has true purpose and beauty and wanting to have children to enjoy it when we are gone.

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One Response to “Who Shall Inherit the Earth? The Religious”

  1. jen smith Says:

    wow, I have never looked at it that way before.


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