“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28, NRSV). When God spoke these words, men and women were cringing before deities they believed took pleasure in visiting pain and suffering upon them. In contrast, the God of Israel offered what many now view as a bizarre command: “Have kids! And lots of them!”
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It happened in Ottawa, our nation’s capital; one event June 11, the other July 1. Two awards were announced, one to a young man, the other to an older man.