9.09.2020

Resources for Comprehensive Study

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1. REDEFINING MARRIAGE: Conjugal vs. Revisionist views

Conjugal View: Marriage is the union of a man and a woman who make a permanent and exclusive commitment to each other of the type that is naturally (inherently) fulfilled by bearing and rearing children together. The spouses seal (consummate) and renew their union by conjugal acts—acts that constitute the behavioral part of the process of reproduction, thus uniting them as a reproductive unit. Marriage is valuable in itself, but its inherent orientation to the bearing and rearing of children contributes to its distinctive structure, including norms of monogamy and fidelity. This link to the welfare of children also helps explain why marriage is important to the common good and why the state should recognize and regulate it.

Revisionist View: Marriage is the union of two people (whether of the same sex or of opposite sexes) who commit to romantically loving and caring for each other and to sharing the burdens and benefits of domestic life. It is essentially a union of hearts and minds, enhanced by whatever forms of sexual intimacy both partners find agreeable.  The state should recognize and regulate marriage because it has an interest in stable romantic partnerships and in the concrete needs of spouses and any children they may choose to rear.

What is Marriage by Girgis, Anderson, and George:
http://www.amazon.com/What-Is-Marriage-Woman-Defense/dp/1594036225
Shorter summarizing article: http://www.harvard-jlpp.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/GeorgeFinal.pdf

Luther: "What is Marriage Really?" - A booklet based on two marriage sermons by Luther on Hebrews 13:4 and Ephesians 5:22-33 - translation and very helpful afterward by Rev. Holger Sonntag
https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/LutherMarriage.pdf

The One Flesh Union - a definition by Rev. Dr. Gifford Grobien
https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/GrobienOneFlesh.pdf

Debunking the infertility argument by Katie Scheurmann:
http://heremembersthebarren.com/2013/07/08/is-procreation-an-intrinsic-quality-of-marriage/

The Natural Family: A Manifesto, by Allan Carlson and Paul Mero
Free download:  https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/The-Natural-Family-A-Manifesto.pdf
Book:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Natural-Family-A-Manifesto/dp/1890626708
Interview:  The Family’s Essential Role in Society, Dr. Allan Carlson 10/9/2008
http://www.issuesetc.org/podcast/Show74100908H2S1.mp3

2. NATURAL LAW ARGUMENTS

Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal, especially chapters by Baker and MacPherson
http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Law-A-Lutheran-Reappraisal/dp/0758627335

Drawing together the basic arguments of the "Twentieth Century Project", "Strong Divine Command Theory Ethic", ontology, and the error of the modern narrow Roman Catholic Natural Law argument in Humanae Vitae which allows family planning as long as NFP is the only method used.

http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2009/08/strong-divine-command-theory-ethic.html
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2009/06/natural-law-revisited.html
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2006/01/ethics-and-nature-of-sin.html
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2013/06/marriage-and-procreation.html
https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/Humanae%20Vitae%20-%20Galvin.pdf
Etc., Etc…

3. ABORTIFACIENT BIRTH CONTROL

https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/Abortifacient%20Birth%20Control.pdf


https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/larimore_stanford.pdf

4. DANGERS TO HEALTH OF EVEN "MEDICAL" USES OF HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL

A Bitter Pill to Swallow, by Lisa Everett, ethikapolitika.org, October 21, 2014 https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/ethikapolitika.org-A_Bitter_Pill_To_Swallow.pdf 

5. HISTORY OF THE PUBLIC AND SUBSEQUENT CHURCH ACCEPTANCE OF BIRTH CONTROL

Godly Seed by Allan Carlson
http://www.amazon.com/Godly-Seed-American-Evangelicals-1873-1973/dp/1412842611

Shorter article: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=24-01-039-f#ixzz1IBWYIpQf

Allan Carlson's interviews on Issues, Etc.: 
Planned Parenthood Founder Margarget Sanger’s Propaganda Campaign, 1/19/2011
http://issuesetc.org/podcast/668011911H2S3.mp3
American Evangelicals and Birth Control – Dr. Allan Carlson, 3/2/2012
http://issuesetc.org/podcast/960030212H2.mp3
Evangelicals and Birth Control – Dr. Allan Carlson, 1/24/13
http://issuesetc.org/podcast/11990124131.mp3
The Real History of American Attitudes on Sex – Dr. Allan Carlson, 5/14/14
http://issuesetc.org/podcast/15330514144.mp3

6. HISTORY OF THE ACCEPTANCE OF BIRTH CONTROL IN THE LCMS

Birth Control and the Lutherans by Graebner, 1969
https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/Journal%20of%20Social%20History-1969-Graebner-303-32.pdf

Reviews of Rehwinkel's 1959 CPH book Planned Parenthood
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2007/04/planned-parenthood-published-by-cph.html
http://www.hausvater.org/articles/214-medicating-against-motherhood.html


The influence of Rehwinkel's wife "Bessie":
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2013/03/dr-bessie.html

7. HISTORICAL POSITION OF THE CHURCH AGAINST CONTRACEPTION

Rev. Heath Curtis, : "Should Christian Couples Use Contraception?" - What the Bible, the Church's Witness, and Natural Law Have to Say about Birth Control
https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/74962251-Should-Christian-Couples-Use-Contraception-3rd-Ed.pdf

Contraception and Christendom by Rev. Dr. David S. Hasselbrook (2014)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0990664201/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The Bible and Birth Control by Charles D. Provan (LCMS layman)
http://onemoresoul.com/catalog/the-bible-and-birth-control-p193.html

8. ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE

Examples:
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2006/01/gods-word-and-procreation.html
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2010/09/this-coming-sundays-epistle-reading.html
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2012/04/for-holy-saturday.html

9. MARRIAGE AND CHASTITY

Circling back regarding how Christians should define and understand the historic conjugal view of holy matrimony, we then draw upon such works as Chemnitz and Luther on Marriage and Chastity:
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2010/08/on-chastity.html
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2010/08/chastity-in-marriage.html
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2008/05/chemnitz-on-marriage-and-procreation.html
And even modern teachers like Rev. Stuckwisch:
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2009/10/marriage-and-family-of-god.html
He Her Honour and She His Glory, by Pastor Vernon S. Grieger, 1994
http://www.christiannewsmo.com/He_Her_Honour_and_She_His_Glory_by_V_S_Grieger_p/2510002190.htm

10. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE LOSS OF THE PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF MARRIAGE AND PROCREATION

Demographic Winter/Bomb
http://www.demographicbomb.com/
Loss of Membership and Missions
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2011/10/church-is-fruitful-for-christ.html
Homosexual Marriage: who redefined marriage first?
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2009/04/marriage-minus-procreation-equals.html
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2013/06/marriage-and-procreation.html
The relationship of religious decline and family decline as proposed by Mary Eberstadt:
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2013/06/how-west-really-lost-god.html
Oswald Spengler: The Sterility of Civilized Man
http://lutheransandcontraception.blogspot.com/2008/09/sterility-of-civilized-man.html

11.  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR FURTHER STUDY:

"Christians and Contraception" Issues Etc. episode with Pastor Heath Curtis of Trinity Lutheran, Worden, IL and Pastor Michael Walther of Good Shepherd Lutheran, Collinsville, IL.
http://issuesetc.org/podcast/168021809H1p.mp3

Rev. Mark Preus:
"Be Fruitful and Multiply, Second Thoughts on Birth Control"
Paper:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/124048807/Be-Fruitful-and-Multiply-Second-Thoughts-on-Birth-Control
Audio:  http://www.faithplano.org/images/sermons/audio/2013-01-26_Preus.mp3
Video:  http://www.faithplano.org/north-texas-free-conference/62-freeconference2013/312-fc-2013-01-26c
Rev. Rolf Preus: 
"And God Blessed Them . . ."  http://www.christforus.org/AndGodBlessedThem.htm
“The Fruit of the Womb is a Reward”  http://www.christforus.org/ProChildren.htm

Rev. Philip Hale:
"The Logic, Ideology, and Ascendancy of Child Prevention"
https://sites.google.com/site/lutheransandprocreation/Home/child_prevention.pdf

12.  RAISING CHILDREN IN THE PAIDEIA OF GOD

Since procreation is only the beginning of the vocation of parents, we should also say something about raising children:
http://www.hausvater.org/articles/248-raising-children-in-the-paideia-of-the-lord.html

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