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It is always useful to review an article’s bibliography and references to get a deeper understanding of the psychoanalytic concepts and theoretical framework in it.

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Eder, M.D. (1924). The Morality of Birth Control: By A Priest of the Church of England. (Bale, Sons & Daniellson, Ltd., London. Pp. 270. Price 10 s. 6 d. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 5:492-493.

(1924). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 5:492-493

The Morality of Birth Control: By A Priest of the Church of England. (Bale, Sons & Daniellson, Ltd., London. Pp. 270. Price 10 s. 6 d. net.) Related Papers

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M. D. Eder

The main thesis of this book is a closely reasoned theological argument to prove that Onan's sin (Gen. xxxviii. 6–11) was his disregard of the Levirate law; that he was slain by the Lord for his disobedience in refusing to raise up seed to his brother. He was not punished simply because he spilled his seed on the ground.

The author contends that the doctrine of the Catholic Church that birth control is mortal sin is based upon an incorrect interpretation of the text: i.e. that Onan was punished because he practised coitus interruptus. Alternately, the author contends, if this interpretation be accepted, the Catholic Church is still theologically unjustified in regarding contraception per se as mortal sin, since coitus reservatus (defined as coitus without orgasm) is sanctioned by the Catholic Church.

The

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