Should Christians Use Birth Control?

Andy Naselli —  February 6, 2014 — 3 Comments

It depends.

Is it sometimes wrong? Yes.

Is it always wrong? No.

8 recent resources:

  1. John Piper. “Should Christians Use the Pill?“ Ask Pastor John. December 5, 2013.
  2. Denny Burk. “Glorify God with Your Family Planning.” Ch. 5 (pp. 139–55) in What Is the Meaning of Sex? Wheaton: Crossway, 2013.
  3. Dennis P. Hollinger. “The Ethics of Contraception: A Theological Assessment.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56 (2013): 683–96. This is in the latest issue of JETS, which I think only subscribers can access online; non-subscribers can access all but the most recent two full years of JETS.
  4. Michael A. Grisanti. “Birth Control and the Christian: Recent Discussion and Basic Suggestions.” The Master’s Seminary Journal 23 (2012): 85–112. Grisanti is an OT scholar with 8 children.
  5. John S. Feinberg and Paul D. Feinberg. “Introduction to the Ethics of Human Sexuality: Sex and Birth Control.” Ch. 6 (pp. 267–306) in Ethics for a Brave New World. 2nd ed. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010.
  6. Andreas J. Köstenberger, with David W. Jones. “To Have or Not to Have Children: Special Issues Related to the Family, Part 1.” Ch. 7 (pp. 117–37, 334–40) in God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation. 2nd ed. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010.
  7. John M. Frame. “The Seventh Commandment: Reproduction.” Ch. 40 (pp. 782–95) in The Doctrine of the Christian Life. A Theology of Lordship. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2008. Cf. Doug Moo’s review of this book.
  8. Sam Storms. “Birth Control.” Enjoying God. June 12, 2006.

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