To those still agitating about “overpopulation,” consider this: Last year, for the first time, the Japanese bought more adult diapers than baby diapers.

This is just one staggering statistic Jonathan Last has gathered for his recent book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster, from Encounter Books.

Plummeting fertility rates have happened before, because of war or famine or disease, and when they do, profound societal problems ensue. The falling fertility rates of today cannot be explained by natural or catastrophic causes, but by an increasing child-phobic culture. (I would call that an unnatural catastrophic cause.)

Last discusses how fertility rates tend to correspond to religious belief and practice. Compared to other industrialized nations, the United States is a considerably religious country and our fertility rates are higher than the rest.

Alas, that might not last, says Last.

Please join us on April 3, 2013 for a Family Research Council lecture featuring Jonathan Last on his important book.

Selected reviews:

Interview on Fox Business Channel Tonight with Lou Dobbs, February 5, 2013

Stanley Kurtz, National Review Online, February 5, 2013

Interview on CBS This Morning, February 5, 2013

After Words, C-SPAN2, February 2, 2013

Austin Ruse, “No Babies, No Future,” Crisis magazine, February 1, 2013

Jeff Jacoby, “The Baby Bust Generation,” Boston Globe, December 16, 2012