No Pregnancy in Heaven: Infertility and Theological Anthropology

I’ve been doing a bunch of guest posting on other blogs regarding the intersection between infertility and faith (you can find an ongoing archive of these posts here). One that Time Eternal readers may be particularly interested in was a reflection I wrote for Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy that explored what it means to be human from the vantage point of infertility.

A quote to whet the appetite:

 I often wonder if barrenness isn’t also indicative of something bigger, deeper, more global—an icon of humanity’s true nature as creatures whose very being is contingent on God’s love.

In other words, what if barrenness is not a pathological but normative aspect of our existence? What if it is not infertility but fertility—the capacity to participate at all in the life-giving process—that is unnatural, unexpected?

We take for granted that childbearing is an icon of God’s abundant and self-giving love–is there a similar correlary found in the reality of infertility?

See what you think by reading the full post.

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