Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2008 - 452 pagini
Genetic manipulation. Designer babies. Prenatal screening. The genomic revolution. Cutting-edge issues in reproductive bioethics grab our attention almost daily, prompting strong responses from various sides. As science advances and comes ever closer to "perfect" procreation and "perfectible" babies, controversy has become a constant in bioethical discussion.Amy Laura Hall seeks out the genesis of such issues rather than trying to divine their future. Her disturbing finding is that mainline Protestantism is complicit in the history and development of reproductive biotechnology. Through analysis of nearly 150 images of the family in the mainstream media in the twentieth century, Hall argues that, by downplaying the gratuity of grace, middle-class Protestants, with American culture at large, have implicitly endorsed the idea of justification through responsibly planned procreation. A tradition that should have welcomed all persons equally has instead fostered a culture of "carefully delineated, racially encoded domesticity."The research in Conceiving Parenthood is new, the theory provocative, and the illustrations exceptional. The book is replete with photos and advertisements from popular magazines from the 1930s through the 1950s -- Parents', Ladies' Home Journal, National Geographic, and so on. Hall's analysis of these ads is startling. Her goal, however, is not simply to startle readers but to encourage new conversations within communities of faith -- conversations enabling individuals, couples, congregations, even entire neighborhoods to conceive of parenthood in ways that make room for families and children who are deemed to be outside the proper purview of the right sorts of families.

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This is an ambitious, powerful, and ground-breaking book. Amy Laura Hall examines attitudes toward parenthood and families among Protestants in the United States (especially white, middle- to upper ... Citiți recenzia completă

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Conceiving Parenthood American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction
Holy Hygiene Parents Protestantism and the GermFree Home
The Corporate Breast Scientific Motherhood during the Century of Progress
To Form a More Perfect Union Mainline Protestants and the American Eugenics Movement
For Domestic Security The Atomic Age and the Genomic Revolution
Reconceiving Parenthood The Holy Spirit of Procreation
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Pagina 216 - It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. . . . Three generations of imbeciles are enough.
Pagina 31 - O LITTLE town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee to-night.
Pagina 389 - And can it be that I should gain An interest in the Saviour's blood? Died he for me? - who caused his pain? For me? - who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Pagina 284 - I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform'd, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them...
Pagina 103 - O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!
Pagina 213 - His blood Support me in the whelming flood; When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.
Pagina 103 - O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern, impassioned stress A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness! America ! America ! God mend thine...
Pagina 213 - My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.
Pagina 103 - O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam Immaculate of tears! America! America! God shed His grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

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Amy Laura Hall is associate professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina.

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