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Contraception: A History of Its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists, Enlarged Edition

Contraception: A History of Its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists, Enlarged Edition

by John T. Noonan Jr.

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Originally published in 1965, Contraception received unanimous acclaim from all quarters as the first thorough, scholarly, objective analysis of Catholic doctrine on birth control. More than ever this subject is of acute concern to a world facing serious population problems, and the author has written an important new appendix examining the development of and debates over the doctrine in the past twenty years. John T. Noonan, Jr., traces the Church’s position from its earliest foundations to the present, and analyzes the conflicts and personal decisions that have affected the theologians’ teachings on the subject.

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ISBN-13: 9780674168527
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 06/26/1986
Series: Belknap Press
Edition description: Enlarged Edition
Pages: 581
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

John T. Noonan, Jr., was a Senior Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Shaping of the Doctrine 50–450

    • I. Contraception in the Roman Empire
    • II. The Scriptural Structure and External Sources of Doctrine
    • III. Gnostics, Pagans, and the Alexandrian Rule
    • IV. The Morals of the Manichees, and St. Augustine

  • Part Two: The Condemnation Ingrained 450–1450

    • V. The Lessons of the Monks
    • VI. The Canonists, the Cathars, and St. Augustine
    • VII. Contraceptive Techniques: Means and Dissemination in the High Middle Ages
    • VIII. The Rationale of the Prohibition
    • IX. Sanctions
    • X. Counter Approaches

  • Part Three: Innovation and Preservation 1450–1750

    • XI. New Attitudes and Analyses
    • XII. The Rule Preserved

  • Part Four: Development and Controversy 1750–1965

    • XIII. The Spread of Birth Control: The Responses of the Bishops and the Pope
    • XIV. Permitted and Disputed Means of Controlling Conception
    • XV. The Doctrine and the Context

  • Appendix: Natural Law, the Teaching of the Church, and the Regulation of the Rhythm of Human Fecundity
  • Index

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