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Birth Control A Statement of Christian Doctrine against the Neo-Malthusians   By: (1882-1960)

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Birth Control A Statement of Christian Doctrine against the Neo-Malthusians by Halliday G. Sutherland is an insightful and thought-provoking book that presents a strong argument against the prevailing ideology of birth control during the time it was written.

Halliday G. Sutherland, a medical doctor and devout Christian, crafts a powerful defense of the Christian perspective on contraception, challenging and debunking the popular beliefs propagated by the Neo-Malthusians. He skillfully brings together his medical expertise, theological knowledge, and intellectual prowess to present a unique perspective on this controversial topic.

Throughout the book, Sutherland emphasizes the importance of embracing the sanctity of life and the inherent moral responsibility towards the gift of human reproduction. He passionately argues that birth control methods, which were becoming increasingly prevalent with the rise of the Malthusian movement, are ultimately damaging to society. Sutherland asserts that birth control undermines the foundations of marriage, family, and societal values, leading to various societal ills such as moral decline, weakened family ties, and demographic imbalances.

One of the strengths of the book lies in the author's ability to present his arguments in a well-structured and logical manner. Sutherland systematically dismantles the prevailing arguments in favor of birth control, drawing upon scientific evidence, historical examples, and religious doctrine to support his claims. His use of extensive research and well-documented references adds to the credibility of his arguments, enriching the overall value of the book.

Furthermore, Sutherland effectively balances his medical expertise with his Christian beliefs, avoiding an overly dogmatic approach. He acknowledges the complexity of the issue and recognizes the importance of compassion and understanding towards those who hold differing views. This nuanced perspective adds depth to his arguments, making them more relatable and persuasive.

While the book is undoubtedly a comprehensive and articulate defense of Christian beliefs against birth control, it may not appeal to a broader audience due to its highly specific focus. The theological and historical references may sometimes be overwhelming for readers unfamiliar with Christian doctrine or the Malthusian movement. Nevertheless, for those interested in in-depth discussions on this contentious topic, Sutherland's book is an indispensable resource.

In conclusion, Birth Control A Statement of Christian Doctrine against the Neo-Malthusians by Halliday G. Sutherland presents a compelling case against birth control from a Christian perspective. Sutherland's meticulous research, combined with his insightful arguments and compassionate approach, make this book an important contribution to the ongoing discussions surrounding birth control and its impact on society.

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BIRTH CONTROL

A Statement of Christian Doctrine against the Neo Malthusians

BY

HALLIDAY G. SUTHERLAND, M.D. (Edin.)

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

THE ESSENTIAL FALLACIES OF MALTHUSIAN TEACHING

Section 1. MALTHUS AND THE NEO MALTHUSIANS. (a) Malthus (b) The Neo Malthusians

Section 2. TEACHING BASED ON FALSE PREMISES. (a) That Population progresses geometrically (b) That Food Supply progresses arithmetically (c) That Overpopulation is the cause of Poverty and Disease

Section 3. THE ROOT FALLACY

Section 4. WHAT OVERPOPULATION MEANS

Section 5. NO EVIDENCE OF OVERPOPULATION (a) In the Suez Canal Zone (b) In "Closed Countries" like Japan

Section 6. A NATURAL LAW CHECKING FERTILITY

Section 7. OVERPOPULATION IN THE FUTURE

Section 8. HOW NATIONS HAVE PERISHED

Section 9. PHYSICAL CATASTROPHES (a) Disease (b) War

Section 10. MORAL CATASTROPHES

CHAPTER II

THE FALSE DEDUCTIONS CONCERNING POVERTY

Section 1. BIRTH RATE AND POVERTY (a) Famines (b) Abundance (c) Wages

Section 2. POVERTY IN GREAT BRITAIN DUE TO OTHER CAUSES (a) Under development (b) Severance of the Inhabitants from the Soil

Section 3. CAUSES OF POVERTY IN INDIA

Section 4. POVERTY IN FACT CAUSES A HIGH BIRTHRATE (a) Malthusianism is an attack on the Poor (b) A Hindrance to Reform (c) A Quack Remedy for Poverty

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