18 August 2008

The crowds of judgment gather

We've been on the "No" end of the contraception permissiveness spectrum for a while now, and all's I have to say is, it's weird. Outsiders may be surprised to learn that there is no party platform on the topic. Some won't space, some will by any non-abortifacient means in only the direst of circumstances, some will space for more or less critical reasons but only by NFP, some will call it quits after 4 or 6 or 8 and others won't. Every couple makes its own rules, and those rules are largely colored by personal experience*.

So one person thinks I'm a license-giving antinomian sellout. Another considers me a heartless, ever-accusing binder of consciences. I'm a Pietist theologian of glory and a faithless Modern compromiser, with some Gen X/Y postmodern angst/indifference muddying the rhetoric.

It's all terribly exciting.

*For those keeping score, your humble blogresses aren't all in the same boat parturitionally speaking, and should not be assumed to be walking in lockstep on these matters. For example, breastfeeding spaces children somewhat generously for one of us. One of us doesn't puke her brains out the entire time she's pregnant. And one of us isn't pure evil.

5 comments:

Liz said...

So; as the crowds of judgment gather... how do you bring up the topic with others of childbearing age? Also, what kind of "key words" do you use in conversation to drop the hint?

Pr. H. R. said...

I usually say something along the lines of, "The Muslim hordes are coming - where are your foot soldiers?"

You know, subtle.

+HRC

Liz said...

I *love* that line! Oddly enough though... all of the little forward observers born either before, as leave babies, or after our units deployment were girls.

Dizziness said...

Ours is something along the lines of "how do you practice church growth?" or similar slogans...

Rebekah said...

I get asked if we're Done pretty often. I usually say either that I think the Pope is right or that we're in it for the long haul. Not too many people pursue it beyond that.