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Pride in procreation is dull, pagan stuff. Christians should steer clear of it

9 July 2016

8:43 PM

9 July 2016

8:43 PM

Andrea Leadsom presumably considers her aggressive pride in her maternity to be something to do with her Christian faith. To quote her heroine (who now seems wonderfully subtle): No, no, no. Pride in procreation is dull, banal, pagan stuff, not completely unrelated to fascism. Christians ought to steer clear of it.

Did Jesus or St Paul lack a stake in the future by virtue of failing to breed? Christianity broke with the Jewish and pagan assumption that having a big family is essential to a fully meaningful and fulfilling life. It said that the community of the church was more important, and in this community the childless, including dedicated virgins, were seen as at least as valuable as family types. Yes, children are a blessing, but they are not a blessing to boast about, to bash others over the head with. 

Let’s hope this helps to sink Leadsom. We don’t want this sort of sub-Christian Sarah Palin culture war claptrap over here.


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