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Smith reviews the controversies preceding and following Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical forbidding artificial birth control, giving special attention to the views of today's Pope John Paul II. Agreeing with the Vatican's stance, he typically presents dissenting viewpoints briefly, then refutes them with lengthy reviews of the works of theologians/philosophers opposing contraception. Contemporary overpopulation concerns receive minimal attention, though other factors are thoroughly discussed. Smith includes a new annotated translation of the encyclical. His densely argued, unyielding approach probably will convert few birth control advocates. Buy where interest warrants.
- Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., Cal.
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Presents a comprehensive review of Pope Paul VI's encyclical on birth control . . . and the controversy which resulted. Smith discusses with great thoroughness: the beginnings of the debate; the Christian understanding of marriage and procreation; . . . the aftermath of Humanae Vitae and the 'revision' of natural law. . . . -- Theology Digest

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press; First edition (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813207401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813207407
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Baker on February 3, 1999
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Dominant liberal sentiment concerning the unending crisis in the Catholic Church usually involves the imaging of a heroic flock of dissident Catholics bravely questioning their authoritarian church, often defending themselves as acting out the admonishment of Vatican II to recognize the "spirit of the times." The effect amongst many Western Catholic intellectuals has been to exercise a nebulous acquiescence to the prevailing ethos of the well educated, even when the well educated seek active participation in the sex revolution, seemingly oblivious to its self-destructive character. It is no secret that the focal point of Catholic dissidence has been towards Humanae Vitae.
Janet E Smith is a Catholic philosopher with an essential premise. Living with a respect for God would seem to imply a willingness to seek an understanding of and conformity to the will of God, particularly, as she explores in this book, on the matter of contraception. If this is not what we seek, then our questioning may be the sort designed to avoid rather than find answers.
The very attempt to develop this purified sense of the will of God is viewed as upsetting to a great many contemporary Catholics, embarrassed by their faith and angry at those resistant to popular trends. So intense is this anger, that on occasions of her public lectures on the subject of contraception, even on Catholic university campuses, Ms. Smith has been greeted with rude, at times vitriolic, interruptions to her speeches, situations she has always met with unflappable grace and dignity. Because she is always seeking a faithful receptivity towards the mind of God as a first principle, she refuses to be unkind in return.
Honest philosophers have always sought to know what is natural and implicit in God's design. Ms.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on February 26, 2003
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In this, her first book, university professor Janet Smith presents a philosophical and theological understanding of Pope Paul VI's controversial 1968 encyclical `Humanae Vitae' (`On Human Life'). The 370 densely packed pages of text are divided into eight chapters and four appendices.
In the first chapter Dr. Smith gives a very brief historical overview of the Church's consistent condemnation of contraception whenever the issue arose. It was not until 1930 that the Anglican Church's Lambeth Conference "broke ranks with nearly the whole of the traditional Christian opposition to contraception" when it permitted its use by married couples "for grave reasons." Pope Pius XI responded with an encyclical entitled `Casti Cannubi' that reiterated the opposition, encouraged elevated notions of conjugal love and parenthood, and explained that confining conjugal acts to known infertility periods, for right reasons, was morally permissible. Some Catholic theologians began opposing the teaching in 1963 and by 1966 it was the major moral issue troubling the Church. Smith claims this came about because of the development of the Pill and social changes rather than from philosophical deliberations. She spends the bulk of the chapter examining the arguments of a papal commission divided over the issue in the years just prior to `Humanae Vitae.'
Smith begins chapter two by stating, "`Humanae Vitae,' depends on a Christian understanding of the nature or meaning of marriage and in particular on a Christian understanding of the importance of the marital gift of having children" (p.36). She then examines Catholic teaching on this matter as found in `Casti Cannubi' and relevant portions of the Vatican II document `Gaudium et Spes.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By FrDylan F James on February 21, 2003
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In my opinion, this book should be considered the classic text on contraception, as believed by the Roman Catholic Church. Janet Smith outlines a series of different arguments against contraception, and shows how they are all rooted in the classic Catholic view of human nature. The strength of this book is its thorough description of human nature and Natural Law, as understood in the Catholic Tradition. I'd thus rank this book highly as a general book on Natural Law, and the some of the theological anthropology implicit in it. Without such an understanding of human nature it is very difficult to understand the problems with contraception. By point of contrast, she critiques the 'contra-life will' arguement proposed by Grisez etc. One feature that I found particularly useful was her analysis of how contraception has affected society, and the link between contraception and divorce. One warning: this book is for the serious student. However, it lays out the principles it builds on, and when I first read it was able to understand it even though the material was all new to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Radoslav L on March 4, 2014
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I recommend this I recommend this book which is useful not only for its masterful summary of the moral magisterium on bioethics, but also for its treatment of such various issues in bioethics today.
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