Birth Control and the Population Explosion

December 10, 1963

During a talk in chapel, college chaplain Joseph Washington, Jr. spoke about birth control and the global population explosion.  Focusing primarily on the modern world since 1800, he briefly addressed changes in birth rates, death rates, and adoption of birth control methods in various regions of the world.  He then addressed the differing views, theologies, and adaptations of birth control within the Catholic and Protestant churches.  Washington argues that birth control in some form is necessary to control the world's population.  He concludes by saying, "[t]he answer to birth control may finally be worked out neither by Roman Catholics nor Protestants, nor by theology or ethics, but by scientific advance which takes theology and ethics into account." 

Location of Document in Archives
RG 5/2 Chaplains Papers, 4.3.8