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Christian Heritage Webinar – Moot Points: Is Having Children Morally Wrong?

We tend to think that bringing a child into the world is a good thing – something to be celebrated, in fact. This assumption is challenged by antinatalism, an ethical stance which is increasing in popularity. Antinatalists argue that procreation is in itself morally wrong, and should therefore be abandoned. A key voice in this debate is Professor David Benatar, whose book Better Never to Have Been advances the idea that coming into existence is always a serious harm. In this Moot Point event, Prof David Benatar interacts with Christian ethicist Dr Matthew Lee Anderson, discussing the arguments for and against antinatalism.


1 Comment
  • jjohn
    Posted at 15:10h, 01 July Reply

    Christians already have the answer to “Should we procreate?” in the New Testament. Christ is the highest hint, both by doing and teaching, toward rejection of the self and of the flesh, preaching celibacy as the higher choice in life (Matthew 19:12). Paul tells us the same (1 Corinthians 7, Romans 7). Flesh is the lesser choice, marriage is the lesser choice, then multiplying is the lesser choice. “The one who can accept this should accept it.” (Matthew 19:12).

    That’s because, ever since the Fall, every child born to man and woman is born in the fallen image of their parents, on top of God’s image. It is a corrupted birth (“For our forefather Adam, having transgressed the Divine commandment, introduced into our nature another beginning of birth — in contrast to the one that had preceded it — constituted by pleasure, yielding to pain, and ending in death.” (On Difficulties in Sacred Scripture: The Responses to Thalassios, by Saint Maximus the Confessor, p.437)). Ever since the Fall, all children born to man and woman require salvation, precisely because we broke God’s Creation and we now bring children to sin and death. That’s why Christ came. That’s also why, at the end of time, He will come again. And when the Kingdom of God will finally come (be restored), people won’t marry and won’t sexually reproduce, showing us that in holiness there’s no marriage and no sexual reproduction (Matthew 22:30)

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