What is with Eric Metaxas lately? We knew that he was a fundamentalist Christian and suffered from the self-destruction of critical thinking that comes with biblical literalism. Now it seems that he needs to air his odd views (along with symptoms of his personality disorder) on a daily basis. Today, Mr. Metaxas plays geneticist and, well … you know what’s coming. Metaxas writes for the Christian Post, “Philanderers Were Born That Way?” Very clever. According to Metaxas:
A study published earlier this year in the journal Evolution and Human
Behavior analyzed data from nearly 7,400 Finnish twins and siblings
“who had been in a monogamous relationship for at least one year.” The
study found that nearly 10 percent of men and more than 6 percent of
women admitted to cheating.
Researchers also found that “identical twins correlated strongly with
one [another] in terms of unfaithfulness, while fraternal twins and
siblings did not.”
Since identical twins share 100 percent of their DNA, and siblings
share only half, they concluded that “the clear finding is that an
individual’s genetic makeup in general influences how likely he or she
is to cheat.”
The lead researcher, Brendan Zietsch of the University of Queensland,
told the Washington Post that “while there may be a clear genetic
influence on our tendency to cheat, there is no such thing as a single
We can reasonably make a substitution to arrive at: While there may be a clear genetic influence on our sexual orientation, there is no such thing as a single “gay gene.” I agree with that sentence. However, that does not mean that philanderers and gay people have something in common.
Just for starters – and I mean starters ” philandering is an adjunct to our sexuality while sexual orientation as at its core. At some point most philanderers are willing to make a commitment to a spouse. Most probably maintain that commitment for some period of time after marriage. In contrast, most gay people are unwilling to marry someone of the opposite sex. Furthermore, straying hurts others (spouse and children) and destabilizes the family dynamic while sexual orientation only negatively affects others if it is denied and a gay person marries someone of the opposite sex in order to conform to the whims of religious conservatives.
Surely Mr. Metaxas can appreciate that difference? Apparently not:
The mystery and complexity of human behavior, our capacity for good and
our propensity to do evil, is reduced to our genetic makeup which in
turn regulates some neurotransmitter in our brains.
This is, to coin a phrase, horse hockey. But worst of all, this view of
human behavior demeans the human person, reducing us to a-moral
automatons doomed to act only according to our genetic software.
But that, my friends is not who we are. Yes, we fail, and fail
frequently. But we were made a little lower than the angels, in the
very image of God. So while we cry out with Paul in Romans 7, “For what
I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do,” as God’s adopted
children, we can also cry out, “Who will rescue me from this body of
death? Thanks be to God” through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Gay is evil. Evil is a choice. Jesus saves. Moses invests. God is great and so on. Eric Metaxas has joined the chorus of the sob sisters of Sodom.