Re: Fly Gene

From: Terry M. Gray <>
Date: Sat Jun 04 2005 - 23:13:30 EDT

>In case you missed it, here's a potentially explosive headline, from
>yesterday's Arizona Republic:
>study points to master gene directing its sexual behavior
>It looks to me that this has the makings of real conflict for those
>who are certain that sexual preference and behavior are elective,
>particularly when based on some pretty explicit scripture
>There is some strong inference, some correlation evidence, and some
>pretty decent (coherent) working hypotheses that up 'til now just
>formed a tentative framework that anticipated this discovery. But
>this appears very likely to be the missing genetic piece of the
>puzzle - and unexpectedly focused on a single gene (at least in this

While it is often believed that behavior which is genetically
determined cannot be sinful, I don't see why that should be the case.
And, while I'm not sure I can explain exactly how this is the case,
I'm not at all opposed to the idea that our genetics reflects our

The implicit assumption behind Jim's point is that if some behavior
is genetically determined that it's not sinful. If you accept this
assumption then, indeed, such a discovery may be a problem. If you
don't accept this assumption then, then not only is such a discovery
not a problem, it's yet another indicator that the effects and
consequences of sin run very deep in our world.


Terry M. Gray, Ph.D., Computer Support Scientist
Chemistry Department, Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado  80523
phone: 970-491-7003 fax: 970-491-1801
Received on Sat Jun 4 23:14:34 2005

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