Religion, State, and Population Growth


in Sacred Rights

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160017
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849611 | DOI:
Religion, State, and Population Growth

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide a framework for a discussion of religious teachings insofar as they impinge upon the issue of population growth. It considers the role of religion within the context of the state, community, and the family. Two ethical issues are identified by discussion of religion, state, and population growth together: (1) does the state have a right to coerce individuals to modify their reproductive behavior? and (2) does religion give a right to its followers to coerce its non-followers to modify their reproductive behavior?

Keywords: religious teachings; population growth; religion; state; community; family; reproductive behavior

Chapter.  6725 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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