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Study: Unwed Mothers Account for Nearly Half of First Births in US

Kimbery Wrote: Mar 25, 2013 3:53 PM
"My point being that prior to Christianity you would NOT have wanted to live in ANY civilization extant. Modern secularists are barbarians in designer clothes, is all. And it is absolutely true that they are a larger threat to life and liberty than the Church ever was or would be." Rome, Greece, many native cultures... It is rather narrow-minded to assume your society is the only one worth living in. And don't forget Christian civilization wallowed in misery and ignorance for a millenium after Rome fell. Those Roman barbarians were light years ahead of anything christendom had to offer at the time.
Petrus64 Wrote: Mar 25, 2013 4:49 PM
Are you speaking of the Romans, or the Barbarians that defeated the Romans and took over their lifestyle?

As for why they were able to defeat the Romans, it was because their society got complacent. Much like ours has. But the germanic Barbarians simply continued the status quo of Roman ways. It was Islam that destroyed all knowledge and threw the world into darkness for Centuries.
Troglodite Wrote: Mar 25, 2013 5:32 PM

Although the "germanic barbarians" adopted and continued at least some Roman ways (and sometimes took pride in thinking of themselves as Roman), I am not sure how much they really valued classical literature and learning. Of course, the Vikings who raided far inshore valued it even less.
Troglodite Wrote: Mar 25, 2013 4:44 PM

A lot of learning and literature was lost as the Romam empire disintegrated. It was the Church which preserved as much of it as did actually survive. And the "millenium after Rome fell" saw Notre Dame and the great cathedrals of the Middle Ages, Chaucer, Magna Carta, and the beginnings of Parliamentary government, among other things.

Personally, I do have some partiality for the Romans of the Middle Republic. On the other hand, if I had to take my chances on time-travelling back to that era, I would not want to do it. I might wind up being a slave, since it was not until Christianity that that odious institution started to die out.

This trend line has been headed in an alarming direction for decades, but hitting the 50 percent threshold only seems like a matter of time at this point.  We're almost there already (via the Washington Times):

Some 48 percent of first births in America are now to unmarried women. This means “the nation is at a tipping point, on the verge of moving into a new demographic reality, where the majority of first births in the United States precede marriage,” said the study, “Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America,”...