Humanae Vitae Will Bring Us Together UPDATED

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Many Catholics have long regarded Pope Paul VI's little-read-but-much-despised encyclical letter Humanae Vitae as prophetic. Even some who, perhaps, had not previously thought so are admitting that "Humanae Vitae in its entirety reads better, and more presciently, every year."A few months ago, while I was in the middle of a rant, I wrote as an aside:I have come to believe that Humanae Vitae is going to eventually be seen as a powerfully unifying document between Evangelicals and … [Read more...]

THE OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY – Unintended Consequences: Kudzu, Digital Billboards, and the Birth Control Pill

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Do you remember the silly children’s song about the old lady who swallowed the fly? The poor, misguided woman tried again and again to rid herself of her problem, by swallowing bigger and bigger things—a spider, a bird, a cat, a dog, a goat, a cow, and finally a horse—and she’s dead, of course!The Law of Unintended Consequences, popularized in the 20th century by American sociologist Robert Merton, is like that.  Someone does something, no doubt with the best of intentions, but the plan b … [Read more...]