I'm finally reading Orthodoxy. It was free on my Kindle. Yes!
There's this section where old GK talks about how his doubts about Christianity were ruined by doubters of Christianity and their contradictory arguments. Eg, Christians are bloodless wimps and also bloodthirsty monsters; Christianity oppresses women and is only believed by stupid people like women; Christianity is obsessed with celibacy and obsessed with reproduction; etc.
This called to mind a conversation in which I found myself trapped a while ago. I don't know how often this happens to other CSPP types, but somehow the Duggars seem to come up when I enter a room. Because, you know, I'm pregnant with our sixth kid and that makes us the Duggars. Anyway, this person brought up the Duggars to inform me what egocentric people they must be to have so many children.
Yup, egocentric. So parenting is the most demanding job in the world which requires us constantly to say no to our wants so that we can say yes to our children's needs, and we're all huge heroes for doing it. AND you'd have to be selfish and arrogant to have that many kids.
It's so hard to know what to do, isn't it?
(The funny thing is that if this person would read Orthodoxy, she'd find out she was right, but in a totally wrong way.)