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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 - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0800634339

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ISBN13: 978-0800634339
ISBN10: 0800634330
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Publisher: Fortress Publishers
Published: 2001
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Sacred Choices : The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0800634339

Daniel C. Maguire

ISBN13: 978-0800634339
ISBN10: 0800634330
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Fortress Publishers

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

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."

Author Bio

Maguire, Daniel C. : Marquette University

Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Ethics in the Theology Department of Marquette University. A past president of the Society of Christian Ethics, he is also a frequent lecturer and media commentator. 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). He is a board member of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics.

Table of Contents

Preface

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

Conclusion
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