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"The End of Babies"; It's Simple, Really

November 25, 2019 4:41pm
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It's a provocative (some might say "clickbait") title, but it's an interesting article. The New York Times asks what's stopping us from having the families we desire. Since they asked, the answer is actually quite simple: our culture has removed God from the equation.

A bunch of people in a family, at sunset.

Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

I came across this article recently. It struck me while I read it (and it's worth a read for all who are seeking to be cultural exegetes) that, for the Christian, the answer to the primary question of the article —"Something is stopping us from creating the families we claim to desire. But what?"—is stunningly simple: removing Yahweh from the equation. The article, the primary question it asks, and the culture it describes are all precisely the result of the fact that our culture is trying to remove the true God from every equation of life. The author has such a hard time answering it because our culture begins from a priori reasoning that God cannot be a part of the answer. This reasoning plays into the many creation and evolutions debates, but it also impacts social and "everyday" questions in profound ways.

Remove God as a possibility from being an answer to the question, and what we're left with is an impossibly difficult question to answer. Acknowledge God as the Author of life and the Designer of all things, including procreation, and the question is actually pretty simple to answer.

Genesis 2:

27  So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.."


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