The World’s Oldest Mother–Too Old?

The case of Adriana Iliescu made headlines around the world when the 66-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl. Doctors at Romania’s Giulesti Maternity Hospital announced the birth on January 16, 2005, declaring Ms. Iliescu to be the world’s oldest mother.

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The ‘Baby Gap’–Parenthood and Politics

Pundits, political scientists, and observers of various stripes have been working hard to explain just what happened on November 2. The results of the election are clear enough by now, but the meaning of the election is still hotly debated. Various demographic trends, moral issues, and social trends have been offered as explanations for America’s voting patterns. Missing from most of these discussions is something very obvious, very important, and very controversial–the “baby gap.” Writing in The American Conservative, Steve Sailer identifies the baby gap as the factor almost no one mentions, even though the baby gap is “correlated uncannily with states’ partisan splits in both 2000 and 2004.”

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Dr. Phil’s New Family Book–Sound Advice? Part 1

The reigning king of daytime television has written a new book that has already skyrocketed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Having already taken on issues of self-esteem and obesity, Dr. Phil has now written a book on the family, promising a “step-by-step plan for creating a phenomenal family.” But does Family First offer sound advice?

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Does the Family Have a Future? Part 2

The great social and cultural transformations experienced by Western nations have changed the role of the family within the culture, stripping the family unit of many functions. Prior to the industrial revolution, most families assumed responsibility for economic production, the education of children, and socialization into the culture. Recreation, entertainment, child rearing, and vocational training were all conducted within the confines of the family.

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Does the Family Have a Future? Part 1

Does the family have a future? The question is offensive to the evangelical mind, but it is a controversial debate fast pressed upon us by the incredible social transformations that now shape American culture. The continued flourishing of anything that resembles the traditional family is an open question.

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The Empty Cradle–Falling Birth Rates and the Human Future

For decades, Americans have been warned of an impending population explosion that would threaten world happiness, human health, and perhaps even threaten the end of the human species. The prophets of a population explosion have issued regular books and bulletins that paint a depressing picture of a planet running out of both room and resources. Now, it turns out that these Cassandras got the picture almost entirely backward.

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Does the Family Have a Future? Part 2

The great social and cultural transformations experienced by Western nations have changed the role of the family within the culture, stripping the family unit of many functions. Prior to the industrial revolution, most families assumed responsibility for economic production, the education of children, and socialization into the culture. Recreation, entertainment, child rearing, and vocational training were all conducted within the confines of the family.

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Does the Family Have a Future? Part 1

Does the family have a future? The question is offensive to the evangelical mind, but it is a controversial debate fast pressed upon us by the incredible social transformations that now shape American culture. The continued flourishing of anything that resembles the traditional family is an open question.

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President Bush and the War on the Family

As Eugene McCarthy once quipped: “Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and stupid enough to think it’s important.” Of course, McCarthy was only half right, for, when dealing with the most significant issues of life, the political game can be supremely important.

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Deliberate Childlessness: Moral Rebellion With a New Face

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Joe and Deb Schum of Atlanta aren’t worried about baby proofing their house or buying a car seat. As a matter of fact, the couple doesn’t ever intend to have children and they are proud of their childlessness. According to the newspaper’s report, “the Schums are part of a growing number of couples across the country for whom kids don’t factor in the marriage equation.”

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