According to a Reason report, the total fertility rate in America dropped below 1.73 births per woman.
Ronald Bailey drew data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
This is a new record that beat out the previous nadir of 1.74 births per woman back in 1976.
These birth rates are similar to other developed countries, where fertility is also plummeting.
In the European Union’s case, the 28 members’ birth rate is 1.6 births per woman, Japan stands at 1.4, and Canada is at 1.5
According to a 2010 study, University of Connecticut anthropologists Nicola Bulled and Richard Sosis discovered that fertility falls as female life expectancy increases.
Global average life expectancy increased from 52.6 years in 1960 to 72.4 years today. On the other hand, the global total fertility rate dropped by more than half, from 5 to 2.4 births per woman.
The causes behind these birthrates are heavily disputed.
Some experts argue that lowering birth rates are a consequence of the current stage of capitalism which requires both parents to enter the workforce. Similarly, rising cost of living in major metro centers has been blamed as a factor behind people deciding to put off marriage and having children. Coupled with increasingly burdensome student loans, the prospects of starting a family seem bleak for many younger people who are financially hamstrung due to economic circumstances.
Others see this trend as a sign of a cultural decline where people prefer to live in the moment and not leave behind offspring. They cite feminism and a culture that encourages more casual sex as some of the reasons explaining declining birth rates.
We may never find out what is truly behind these trends, but policymakers should consider some solutions such as tax incentives like tax relief for couples who decide to have multiple children in order to incentivize family formation.
This is one issue where conservatives can blend low tax policy with family formation to create strong economic freedom and traditionalist coalitions.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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