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Six Billion And More

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Susan Power Bratton draws on information from demographers, economists, ecologists, and sociologists to argue that individuals should use Christian values when dealing with the regulation of human population. In this easy-to-read analysis, the author reviews a number of issues and provides case studies and discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

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Overview

Susan Power Bratton draws on information from demographers, economists, ecologists, and sociologists to argue that individuals should use Christian values when dealing with the regulation of human population. In this easy-to-read analysis, the author reviews a number of issues and provides case studies and discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

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Bratton, a biologist concerned with environmental ethics, has written an exceedingly important book on contraception which combines biblical theology, church history, and ethical reflection with ecological, demographic, economic, and sociological research. She shows how the Christian Church dealt with population issues in the past and considers appropriate policy for the future. This distinguished, thought-provoking analysis encompasses broad historical and current concern; humanistic vision and concern for nonhuman species; theological reflection and scientific knowledge; and consideration for the ethics of societies, political institutions, and individuals. Case studies and discussion questions are also included in this accessible book. Six Billion and More is most highly recommended for all lib raries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664251864
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan Power Bratton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is the author of Environmental Issues in Christian Art.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 13
1 The Crowded Cosmos 15
2 Why Populations Rise and Fall 29
3 Abraham's Seed: The Bible and Reproduction 40
4 The Black Death and the New Jerusalem 68
5 The Stolen Blessing: Population and the Environment 97
6 Shoving Children out of Lifeboats 110
7 The "Declining" Developed Nations 123
8 The Exploding Third World 138
9 Population Regulation and Justice 154
10 Coercion and Abortion in Population Management 175
Notes 203
Index 219
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