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Nature or Nurture?

As Jeffrey Satinover writes, “There is no evidence that shows that homosexuality is genetic — and none of the research itself claims there is. Only the press and certain researchers do, when speaking in sound bites to the public.”

While some believe that homosexuality is determined purely by genetics, others believe that homosexuality is determined purely by environment. However, many researchers have come to the conclusion that sexual orientation is likely determined by a complex interaction between a person’s genetic makeup and their environment. Even the American Psychological Association asserts that “There are numerous theories about the origins of a person’s sexual orientation; most scientists today agree that sexual orientation is most likely the result of a complex interaction of environmental, cognitive and biological factors. In most people, sexual orientation is shaped at an early age.” And the American Psychiatric Association wrote: “Currently there is a renewed interest in searching for biological etiologies for homosexuality. However, to date there are no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific etiology for homosexuality.”

Whatever the case, we know from the testimonies of thousands that homosexuality is a changeable condition. Stanton Jones, a psychologist who is now provost at Wheaton College, states, “Every secular study of change has shown some success rate, and persons who testify to substantial healings by God are legion.”

CHAD W. THOMPSON
Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would (2004) Brazos Press: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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