Christian Apologetics Society

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Why More Catholics Than Protestants

An anonymous visitor found their way to CAS by asking "Why more Catholics than Protestants?" It's an excellent question and a good topic for discussion at CAS. So, why are there more Catholics than Protestants worldwide?


Catholics got a head start, no matter when you start the clock. Regardless of whether you agree with Catholics that the Church started in 33 A.D. or as late as 600 A.D., the Protestant Reformation didn't start until around 1500. Catholics got anywhere from a 1000 to 1500 year head start depending on your dates. Not just the Church at Rome, but all the Eastern Catholic Churches as well. When the Apostles broke out of Jerusalem and set out on the Great Commission, they did exceptionally well. Thomas didn't stop until he hit southern India. It would be 1500 years before the West would ever learn of Thomas' achievements.

The Age of Exploration

Columbus set sail just before the Reformation. Columbus was Catholic. Ditto for Magellan, Cortez, Balboa, and Cabot. Portugal, Spain, and France were all Catholic and exporting Catholics and Catholicism. English Protestants were late sailing. By the time the Jamestown Anglicans arrived, Spanish Catholics had long since said the Mass up river and colonized Florida.

The Reformation

While the Reformation basically split Europe in half, Catholics got the larger half. Protestants tried to even things up by killing hundreds of thousands of Catholics during the 4th Inquisition. Nonetheless, Catholics still ended up with the more populated southern piece of Europe.

Thomas Malthus

Shortly after the American and French Revolutions, Thomas Malthus published An Essay on the Principle of Population. The age of eugenics and birth control was about to be born. Interestingly, during the Nineteenth Century Protestants passed some of the most stringent laws outlawing most forms of birth control for a mostly Protestant America.


While the post-Civil War migration of Irish Catholics increased the number of Catholics in America, worldwide the migration neither increased nor decreased the total number of Catholics. But the Irish Potato Famine and the following immigration waves of Italians and Eastern European Catholics set the stage for the next great influence.

1930 Lambeth Conference

"On August 14 the Lambeth Conference broke away from the anti-contraceptive teaching that had been universal among Christian churches. Until that time, no Christian church had taught it was morally permissible for married couples to use unnatural methods of birth control."

"The Lambeth decision was followed in the United States by a similar acceptance of contraception by a committee of the Federal Council of Churches on March 21, 1931.

The impact of these two actions cannot be overestimated, for they constituted the embrace of the sexual revolution by Christian churches.

Without the support of the dominant religious sentiment, the American anti-contraception laws began to fall, one after another, starting in the mid-thirties."

Actions have consequences. The impact of the reversal by Protestant denominations on contraception, coupled with a eugenics movement inspired by Malthus, resulted in a change in American demographics. More Catholics were now being born than Protestants. The higher birth rate for Catholics continued until the 1960s.

Recent statistics now show 1.64 lifetime births per Catholic woman versus 1.91 per Protestant woman. Catholic women now tend to have fewer children than Protestant women, primarily because they marry later and less frequently than do Protestants. Will this reversal in fertility rates change the status quo? Only time will tell.

    And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
    Genesis 1:28

Source: Apologetics and birth control, Understanding U.S. Fertility

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