So I imagined a future in which the religious were obliged to give birth to
every possible deformed and mutant offspring, sapping their resources and
driving out the last few intelligent members.
I found your post very interesting. It would make for a good science
fiction novel about a lost colony or a community in a postapocalyptic world.
Well-written it could be very gut wrenching. Get started on it, Damien!
And even if all offspring were healthy, it would still put a terrible strain
on a community.
Another plot line would be where a large, space colony bourne religious
community with advanced nanotech which disallows birth control but allows
the use of science to cure birth defects. The use of science to raise the
children in artificial wombs is even widely done but seen as God's way of
allowing the doctrine to be carried forth. The women wind up having far
more children then they would have under normal condition.
I have a hard time with the Catholic doctrines you based your post on,
though I started out Catholic myself. Of course, many Catholics today
ignore the Vatican directive not to use birth control and would laugh at the
idea of seriously doing what you suggested as a logical conclusion to
Catholic doctrines. The lives of individuals and doctrines and histories of
organizations can be full of contradictions.
I once saw a cartoon that showed the world jammed full of people in the year
3000 with the vatican finally announcing that birth control is to be
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