I love the question and the answers. Very interesting. My religious beliefs had nothing to do with my views or feelings about adoption. I wanted to adopt a child from the time I was a child. It was an old movie I saw of a couple who adopted a child, then another and another and so on. And as poor as they were, there was so much love in that household. Yes, I know it was a movie and life isn't that easy. But that movie was the first inkling I ever had that there were children out there that needed a home. I made up my mind then and there that one day I would open my home to a child that needed it. I met my husband and he told me that he had always thought that someday he would adopt a child. His reasons were more worldly though. He was of the opinion, as a young man, that the world was overcrowded and in such chaos that bringing a child into it was not responsible. So, if you wanted to parent a child, you should find one that needs a parent already. By the time I met him, he was a bit older and his views had matured somewhat and he wanted to have children of his own, but still felt strongly about adopting children. So, while our reasons were vastly different, our goals were the same. And none of it had anything to do with religion. Thanks for such an interesting question and thanks for all of the interesting answers.