Religion: Act of God?

Is motherhood an act of God? This question, involving all the profundities of metaphysics, faith and physiology might well give pause to anyone, however learned. The answer YES would surely affront countless atheists, agnostics. The answer NO would just as surely anger multitudes of the pious. Yet several men were actually confronted with this question last week and expected to make a public reply.

Actress Helen Hayes, wife of Playwright Charles MacArthur, lately withdrew from the play Coquette, then on the road, saying: "I am going to have a baby" (TIME, Sept. 16). Producer...

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