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As the world teeters on the edge of overpopulation, this new addition to the Sacred Energies series aims to show how ten major religious traditions in fact contain strong affirmations of the right to family planning, including contraception and even, when necessary, abortion.
Maguire first shows how interrelated overpopulation is with poverty, ethnic injustice, gender injustice, and the maldistribution of economic resources. Often the world's religions (most notoriously perhaps, Roman Catholicism) are thought to contribute only to the problem, rather than solutions, through their hostility to sex, education and equal rights for women, and birth control. In fact, argues Maguire, the ten scholars who consulted for several years about how these traditions treat issues of contraception and abortion find in them a true religious awe at the sacredness of life, a genuine openness to sexuality as a dimension of the sacred, and "alongside the 'no choice' position . . . a 'pro-choice' position that is too little known, even by adherents to the religion. That is the key message of this book."
About the Author:
Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Ethics in the Theology Department of Marquette University. He is also President of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics. Among his many books are Death by Choice (1974), The Moral Choice (1975), The Moral Revolution (1986), and The Moral Core of Judaism and Christianity (1993).
Posted November 13, 2002
I found Sacred Choices to be a concise and well written summary of the proceedings of religious scholars regarding an issue that is so sensitive in today's conservative climate. Sacred Choices is a great review of various religions and a logical argument for sensible policy on abortion and contraception.
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Posted September 12, 2009
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