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Sermon #56: Religion and Eugenics AES Sermon Contest 1927, #6
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Sermon #56:  Religion and Eugenics AES Sermon Contest 1927, #6

[page heading] Eugenics - page #7 [end page heading] worthy intellectual contribution to the future generations, must match his brains with brains of a noble woman in whose germ plasm there are the elements of intellectual greatness. The call of Eugenics to the college-bred men and women of today is to enter into wedlock and reproduce their kind, - not upon the basis of one or two children per family but four per family. The appalling situation is this: The strain of intelligence is receding. One fourth of the people are bright. Three fourths are dull. Those of inferior intelligence are producing from four to six children while those of superior intelligence are producing all the way from none to one and two children. It requires neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet to foretell what the future holds in store for our nation if this same ratio in the production of the race is maintained. [crosshead within text] III. SOCIAL REBIRTH. [end crosshead] The third message of Eugenics to society is "Ye must be born again socially". Schiller, the Philosopher, tells us that "if man is really to progress, if these great processes of deterioration are to be stemmed and turned upward instead of being, as they are now, accelerated, every institution and nearly every idea now current will have to be transformed and redirected." So they must. So they are, even now, becoming "transformed and redirected" for man's progress and achievement. Now the burden for the realization of all of our Eugenic dreams and ideals cannot be realized without the co-operation of the social order. Our social institutions, called the Home, the

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