Skip to navigation blog - sociogeeks Assess the view that religious beliefs and practices are changing to reflect a new era of diversity and choice. Davie is one of these sociologists; in her view religion is taking a different, more privatised form. She explains this by giving the example of that people no longer go to church because they feel they have to or because it is respectable to do so. She says that although churchgoing has declined it is simply because attendance is now a matter of personal choice rather than the obligation it use to be.
In IVF, children are engendered through a technical process, subjected to "quality control," and eliminated if found "defective. And in true American fashion, there has been a corresponding growth in a "reproductive technologies industry" to provide a solution.
It is quite legitimate, indeed praiseworthy, to try to find ways to overcome infertility. The problem causes great pain and anguish for many married couples. Since children are a wonderful gift of marriage, it is a good thing to try to overcome the obstacles which prevent children from being conceived and born.
Scripture is filled with accounts of women who suffered from infertility. The sorrow they felt at not being able to have a child could not be diminished even by a husband's love.
In the Old Testament Elkanah says to his wife who was unable to conceive, "Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart so sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?
Such stories in the Bible are told to show the power of God; most end happily as the women become pregnant even in their old age.
There is Sarah, the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac; Hannah, wife of Elkanah, who becomes the mother of the prophet Samuel; and Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. But the Bible tells us there are limits to acceptable methods for conceiving a child. Recall the story of Noah's unmarried daughters who tried to get their father drunk so that they might have children by him!
Obviously not any means can be used to achieve pregnancy. In our day many techniques and therapies have been developed to overcome infertility. In the United States an entire "industry" has emerged with little or no governmental or professional regulations to protect the inter-ests of the men, women or children who become involved.
Women receive fertility drugs which can result in their conceiving four, five or six children at once, risking their own health and the health of their children. Some have several eggs fertilized in vitro in a glass dish without realizing that this may lead to the destruction of these embryos or their being frozen for later experimental use.
The many techniques now used to overcome infertility also have profound moral implications, and couples should be aware of these before making decisions about their use. Each technique should be assessed to see if it is truly moral, that is, whether or not it promotes human good and human flourishing.
All these technologies touch in some way on innocent human life. Church Teaching In the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a document known as Donum Vitae "The Gift of Life"which addressed the morality of many modern fertility procedures. The document did not judge the use of technology to overcome infertility as wrong in itself.
It concluded that some methods are moral, while others—because they do violence to the dignity of the human person and the institution of marriage—are immoral. Donum Vitae reaffirmed an obligation to protect all human life when married couples use various technologies to try to have children.
Without questioning the motives of those using these techniques, Donum Vitae pointed out that people can do harm to themselves and others even as they try to do what is good, that is, overcome infertility.By accepting this message, you will be leaving the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Assess the view that religious beliefs and practices are changing to reflect a new era of diversity and choice. (33 marks) Some sociologists reject the secularisations theory, they are beginning to say that instead of religion declining, it is changing, in terms of changing to reflect a new era of diversity and choice.
Using Material from ItemA and elsewhere, assess the view that women are no longer oppressed by religion. Compared to men, women are more likely to express a greater interest in religion, to have stronger personal faith and belief in live after death, and have a stronger personal religious commitment.
Bruce argues that religion survives in such situations only because it is a focus for group identity. Overall there is evidence to support the view that religious beliefs and practices are changing to reflect a new era of diversity and choice.
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