Receptions of Israelite Nation-building: Modern Protestant Natalism and Martin Luther
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2010
© 2010 Wiley Periodicals and Dialog, Inc.
Volume 49, Issue 2, pages 133–140, Summer 2010
How to Cite
McKeown, J. (2010), Receptions of Israelite Nation-building: Modern Protestant Natalism and Martin Luther. Dialog, 49: 133–140. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6385.2010.00517.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2010
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Abstract: Ancient nation-building demanded fecundity, and traces of this demand lie dormant in Old Testament scriptures. In the U.S. today some Protestants preach natalism (an ideology promoting high fecundity), often with the objective shifted from national preservation to denominational aggrandizement. Some present Martin Luther as a forerunner of natalism. This article evaluates that claim, looking at his references to reproduction in a historical and theological context.