I don’t want kids.
Right now, an uneasy truce between my wife and I exists on this subject. She has that innate need to nurture and cuddle something cute and utterly helpless. My paternal feelings, however, are strongly tempered by the shrill crying, perpetual diaper changes, and the time commitment associated with children. Why have children? There are so many other good works and righteous pursuits to occupy our time.
My argument has picked up some supporters. The Anglican Church in Australia has asked the government to rescind the incentives to have children (you can read about it here). Since Australia currently has an unsustainable population growth, the Aussie Anglicans argue that this will take resources from upcoming generations, violating the eighth commandment against theft (that line of reasoning is in this article.)
In reporting on this story, Christianity Today cited a number of Christians who think procreation is an obligation of the married faithful. This brings up an interesting point: are Christians required to procreate? Some of the writers on this blog are going to engage the issue over the next week or so (maybe longer) in the hopes that we can clarify the issue for all of our readers and for our writers.
Who knows, maybe someone will make a point that will make my wife very happy.