To set the stage, I request that all comments discuss birth control as a broad cultural idea rather than whether it is right for the commentor's personal family situation. This request is motivated by the wish to avoid unnecessary controversy on Afterthoughts.
Please note that I am not against birth control 100% of the time, and I am not attempting to persuade my readers to any view as much as I am attempting to inform and be informed, and then subject what I have learned to Scripture.
For the most part, American Christians I am familiar with have unquestioningly embraced the secular idea of birth control. Though it is not wise to judge an idea purely by its consequences, one cannot deny that ideas have actual historical beginnings, and change future history depending on our acceptance or denial of those ideas. Tweet