R. Albert Mohler is a highly influential evangelical Christian theologian. He confirms what I wrote about earlier, that the new evangelical push to join the Catholics against contraception is not some random deviation from more pressing concerns but is definitely being pursued as a major component of a long term strategy.
He says that until now, evangelicals had been lax in not combating contraception and the reason was that they had not thought it through sufficiently carefully.
This is not a recent development, but a long-term evangelical reconsideration of birth control and the place of contraception within larger understandings of marriage, the family and human sexuality.
For evangelicals, everything changed with the advent of The Pill. And evangelical acceptance of the oral contraceptives (and, beyond that, other forms of birth control) also happened without any adequate theological reflection. Today’s generation of evangelicals is indeed reconsidering birth control, and theological concerns are driving that reconsideration. [My italics-MS]
All this ‘theological reconsideration’ strikes me as a façade because later he essentially says that it is all about religious concerns that it is too easy for people nowadays to have sex since the ‘punishment’ of pregnancy has been removed.
A good many evangelicals hope to do far more than sow seeds of doubt about the morality of birth control. Our concern is to raise an alarm about the entire edifice of modern sexual morality and to acknowledge that millions of evangelicals have unwittingly aided and abetted that moral revolution by an unreflective and unfaithful embrace of the contraceptive revolution.
So it looks as though evangelical leaders really are going to double down on their opposition to contraception, and join forces with the Catholic church in what has to be seen as one of the most retrogressive actions in recent times. I cannot think of a better way to become seen as irrelevant, especially with young people.
Onward to the past!