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Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Genetic manipulation. Designer babies. Prenatal screening. The genomic revolution. Cutting-edge issues in reproductive bioethics grab our attention almost daily, prompting strong responses from various sides. As science advances and comes ever closer to “perfect” procreation and “perfectible” babies, controversy has become a constant in bioethical discussion.Amy Laura Hall ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published December 21st 2007 by Eerdmans
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Oct 24, 2011 Haley rated it really liked it
I have only read the introduction, but so far this looks to be the perfect follow-up to the bio-ethics book I just finished. The book, written by an ethics professor at Duke, explores the changing perspectives on parenting and family planning as influenced by both the mainline evangelical church and the wider cultural, political, and economical environments over the last several decades.


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May 09, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Christianity Today
Shelves: ethics
This is an ambitious, powerful, and ground-breaking book. Amy Laura Hall examines attitudes toward parenthood and families among Protestants in the United States (especially white, middle- to upper-class, mainline Protestants in the early- to mid-twentieth-century) and the theological and ethical underpinnings of these attitudes. She pays particular attention to the impact of rhetoric and images in shaping attitudes toward families classified as "other." The chapter that hit me the hardest was H ...more
Nov 16, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
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I didn't get to finish it before it was due back to the library, but it was a bold wake up call to the subtle ways in which church practices can contribute to the marketing of our bodies, namely women's bodies, in ways that are anything but practices Christ called the church into being to do. Hall has a way of making the reader sit in the midst of an issue we might rather forget about -- like how lysol came to be a common household item (but was first marketed as a "freshener" for women's bodies ...more
Feb 21, 2008 Weston rated it it was amazing
Written by a self-proclaimed evangelical feminist, this book does one thing very well: punch presumptive Protestants in the face. The subtitle of this work explains the overall theme of the piece: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction. In it, Hall covers a plethora of issues from a our diminished view of adoption, to the eugenic precursors of the American birth control movement. She challenges the cultural pressures forced upon couples to have the "perfect" family, and gives us h ...more
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May 23, 2013 Jessica Pratezina rated it liked it
Some parts were quite fascinating and I like her clear style. Her perspective seemed pretty Evangelical, some may like that but it irked me at points. The most valuable parts to me were when she discussed the idea of salvation through participation in a certain type of "Christian" family.
Dec 07, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot. It is an academic book, but when I was finished I felt empowered to question to the norm and able to see the contradictions in many of our cultural practices.
Oct 17, 2010 Kristy rated it liked it
Great starting out discussing advertising and the effect it had on motherhood. However, later on it just seemed to rehash in an academic way various advertisements...for me personally just got old and heavy.
Jul 01, 2008 Libby rated it really liked it
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Gave me a lot to think about, both in terms of parenting and about whether science is ever "pure."
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Apr 12, 2008 Melissa Flo-bix marked it as to-read
Still waiting for this to show up at the Seattle Pacific library. Sigh.
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