Are you familiar with "Quiverfull"? It is an offshoot of Evangelical Christianity in the USA which stresses the responsibility of Christians to have high numbers of babies. Family Planning or birth control are considered highly sinful. Babies are considered to be "arrows in a quiver"- in other words, future weapons that will be available to increase the political power of conservative Christianity.
For some contrast/comparison, consider the Octomom, Nadia Suleiman had six kids, then had eight embryos implanted in her womb in order to have octuplets. So far, we are on the same track. Motivations differed somewhat? Octomom seemed to be motivated by a need to view herself as important, and fertility seemed to be the only way to achieve this odd goal. Her children, however, are not her problem, and yet at the same time she has fired the free nursing staff allotted to her. Obviously there is a component of mental illness here, and I do not wish to insult religious people by comparing them to those in need of medication.
So there are great differences of course, but for me, some resemblances. I suppose adherents of the Quiverfull theology will be outraged by my perception that there is a shared religious obsession with fertility. For me there is also the main question: why do we have babies? Octomom and Quiverfull answer: because we are supposed to have babies, because we are commanded to have babies, because babies remind us of our mission. I answer: no, you have the babies for the sake of the babies, not for your own sake as some sort of twisted validation. You need to have the number of babies that you can raise to function well in an advanced modern society. I realize full that Quiverfull parents generally love their kids. Give them attention, maybe not, can't do much of that when you have 18 of them.
I have concerns that the octomom's kids will never even be able to get a job. Such concerns might be overstated for Quiverfull kids, but here it is: if you have 18 kids, how are you going to make enough money to send 18 kids to college? I have a sneaking suspicion that for many Quiverfull parents, the answer would be: I ain't sending any kids of mine to college, that's where evil is taught. All they need to know is in the Bible, and I can teach them that myself, and then they can drive a tractor.
Beg to differ. If that is your plan for the human race, we are not going to make it. I realize that knowledge is the forbidden fruit, but with 7 billion of us on this little ball of rock and water, knowledge is key, and ignorance is no longer bliss.