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Humanae Vitae, a Generation Later Paperback – October 1, 1991
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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.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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. Smith is committed to making a case for what ought to be obvious to people of authentic faith: that the human design, particularly that of women, is not arbitrary or accidental, and not in need of repair or reinvention. It is complete in every detail the image and likeness of God. Contraception is not consistent with our inherent design as women and men living with a respect for God, and Ms. Smith bravely invites us to consider this. Perhaps then we can be freed from being angry towards our own best interests
the answers about the said topics. We are living in a world of confusion regarding the moral life, but we
do not hear all sides of the solutions. This is a remarkable book inwhich to bring us the truth.
All intellectuals would be well advised to read it on the grounds that clearly dilineates the philosophical points of view of modern moral philosophy with particular emphasis on sexuallity.
The early chapters are easy to read and are worth the admission price. The middle chapters on philisophical matters will interest trained philosophers and highly educated intellectuals. Even so they are difficult to follow and require digestion over a period of time.
The most important chapter follows the arguments put forward by the (originally dissident theologians) 'revisionist 'theologians.
It appears to me that the entire thesis of the work rests here. That being: the dissident theologians proposed a utilitarian philosophy of 'proposionalism' to justify artificial contraception, later often called 'consequentialism'.
The problems with this theory were endemic ( an integral part of the theory) in that it would require a super computer and several Ph.D.'s to be able to compute the consequences of ones act. Not the sort of moral code that the typical person could easily use.
At the same time the claim was made that the individual would be able to dissent from Magisterial teaching by putting their faith in the theologians assertion that the consquences of artificial contraception might contain a premoral evil but would not be evil in and of themselves.
The traditional teaching on the other hand held that artificial contraception was intrisincally evil because it interfers with the couple's relation with God, and in particular, their ability to procreate (as compared to reproduce). Procreation involes the creation of an immortal soul which only God can do. God relies on the work of the faithful to accomplish this most joyous work.
In addition, the Christian by virtue of baptism is called to obedience in Christ. For the Catholic this means a special deference to the Magisterium. A Catholic can not simply reject the teaching of the church unless by conscience that person is convinced that following that teaching would be evil.
This point has never really been taken up in the dialogue.
The book concludes with a summary of John Paul's theology of the body (see for instance