Open Embrace: A Protestant Couple Rethinks Contraception

Sam Torode, Author, Bethany Torode, Joint Author, J. Budziszewski, Foreword by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company $16 (144p) ISBN 978-0-8028-3973-2
For such a short book, Open Embrace: A Protestant Couple Rethinks Contraception packs some serious punches. Authors Sam and Bethany Torode argue that all married Christians, not just Roman Catholics, need to seriously examine the widespread usage of contraception, which they feel is against God's plan for creation. (Pregnancy is not a disease, they assert. Why vaccinate against it?) While supporting Natural Family Planning, which they define as informed abstinence, they also make a particularly uncompromising case for stay-at-home moms, which will probably irritate many readers. More controversially, they argue that a culture that worships sex without procreation will sacrifice its children through abortion, claiming that America's increasing permissiveness about legalizing contraception in the 1960s led inexorably to Roe v. Wade in the 1970s. While it's good to see some ecumenical diversity in the contraception debate, some of the basic arguments of this book are problematic. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/08/2002
Release date: 04/01/2002
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