Justin Taylor posted an interesting excerpt from an interview with Peter Robinson about why more and more Europeans are deciding not to have children.

With just a single exception, the non-Muslim population of every country in Europe now has a birth rate at below replacement levels. (The exception is Malta, and God bless it.) Why, I ask Bruce Thornton today on Uncommon Knowledge, do Europeans so steadfastly refuse to reproduce?

Because, replies the author of Decline and Fall: Europe’s Slow-Motion Suicide, “children are expensive. They require you to sacrifice your time and your interests and your own comfort. If your highest good is pleasure, if your highest good is a sophisticated life, then children get in the way. Why would you spend so much money and so much energy on children if your highest good is simply material well-being? That’s sort of the spiritual dimension of the problem.”

“The spiritual dimension of the problem.” There are so few children in Europe, in other words, because there are so few believers.

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Do you agree with the assessment of what the spiritual dimension of the problem is? I would diagnose the problem as self-centeredness, and frankly, I know as many believers with this problem as I do unbelievers. It isn’t just unbelievers who are failing to reproduce. It’s believers as well. Many believers are just as guilty of pursuing a life-style of spiritual well-being over above the best interests of others, but particularly their children. Why else are so many children being raised by day-care workers ror grandparents rather than their biological parents? This may oversimplify the issue, but it is at the very least symptomatic of a significant spiritual issue.