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Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions

Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions

by Daniel MaguireDaniel Maguire
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Breaking the silence about choice

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.

Maquire 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800634339
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 05/30/2001
Series: Sacred Energies
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,047,228
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Ethics at Marquette University. He also is 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), The Moral Core of Judaism and Christianity (Fortress Press, 1993), Sacred Energies: When the World's Religions Sit Down to Talk about the Future of Human Life and the Plight of This Planet (Fortress Press, 2000), and Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions (Fortress Press, 2001).

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: More People, Less Earth

Chapter 2: Why Do People Make Too Many Babies?

Chapter 3: The Roman Catholic Freeing of Conscience

Chapter 4: The Religions of India

Chapter 5: The Compassion of Buddhism

Chapter 6: Chinese Religious Wisdom

Chapter 7: Chinese Men and the Art of High Sex

Chapter 8: Judaism and Family Planning

Chapter 9: The Wisdom of Islam

Chapter 10: Protestants and Family Values

Chapter 11: Lessons from Native Religions


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