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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Dr. Mohler's Comments on Homosexuality

Dr. Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is in the news once again for an article he has written within the last week. (An article that we seminary students were privy to before the rest of the news reading world I might add). In his article, the biological means by which homosexuality might possibly be genetically passed is discussed and Mohler has raised the eyebrows of both evangelical conservatives and liberals.

When I first read the article last week, I was shocked by the tone of the article, as if the scientific community had called Dr. Mohler as a courtesy and told him that they would be announcing in 6 months a proven, biological source for homosexuality. The reason I say that is because Mohler seems to be laying the foundation for future scientific "proof" that homosexuality is, in fact, biological. He still admits that there is no proof yet, but that the evangelical Christian world should not be surprised if this development does come about.

Mohler argues correctly that regardless of a biological or cultural causation for homosexuality, the Bible's instruction and mandate on the issue remains in tact. Humans are predisposed to a great many sinful actions, some of which are genetic. We are by our very nature sinful, so to argue that since homosexuality might be "natural" and therefore oblivious to the teaching of Scripture is wrong on all levels. I think most Christians would agree with that.

Where Mohler raises some interesting points is in the outcome of such a discovery within the homosexual community. Certain homosexual advocacy groups have encouraged and funded the research to make a biological discovery for the homosexual lifestyle. The idea is that if homosexuality is proven biological, then all discussions of it being a cultural choice would have to cease and homosexuals can be seen as living a natural life, just like heterosexuals. Mohler points out that if there is in fact a biological link, that it would be possible for some kind of prenatal testing and even potentially a biological process to reverse the genetic tendency from homosexual to heterosexual. Now, the same homosexual advocacy groups who would have pushed for this discovery have this possible side effect to think about: Would most people, if given the choice, allow their child to remain a homosexual?

Mohler does seem to be in favor of such a hypothetical reversal process if made available. I look forward to hopefully hearing him expound more on this.


Blogger Tim Kuehn said...

such a process would definitely throw a kink in the claims that homosexuality can't be "Cured."

March 17, 2007 12:00 AM  
Blogger Kelly Klages said...

I haven't read any of Mohler's comments on the subject yet, but I would certainly agree that a natural disposition towards what the Bible refers to as a sinful action does not, of course, legitimize the action. Because of original sin, I'd figured that it doesn't matter much on that count whether there is a biological link or not.

One possible interesting development, on a theological level: I have heard Baptists argue, on the basis of their theology regarding personal responsibility and subsequent accountability, that if there's a biological link then we can't count homosexuality as being immoral. I'm sure that not all would go there, especially if their belief of Scriptural inerrancy "overrides" a notion that a person is not held accountable for their sin unless they consciously made a personal choice to actively sin. I recognize also that there's no consensus on the point among either Baptists or evangelicals in general. But I can see why the eyebrows would start to raise. For all parties, it all revolves around that ever-important buzz word: choice.

March 17, 2007 3:42 AM  

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