Reprint of New Yorker magazine article critiquing genetic determinism. “The ascription of personality traits to genetic make-up is one instance of a much larger trend, the reemergence of polytheism.… There is not, if you think about it, that much difference between saying “The gods are angry” and saying ‘He has the gene for anger.” Both are ways of attributing a matter of personal agency to some fateful and mysterious impersonal power.”
The Gods are Anxious: The Delightful Rise of Genetic Polytheism
Author: Louis Menand Date: January 01, 1998
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Other Articles Included in This Issue
- Letters to the Editor
- Queries & Controversies: Why Are Struggles with Sexual Temptation Stronger at Some Times Than at Others?
- Book Review: How to Help Angry Kids by Louis Paul Priolo
- Book Review: Totally Sufficient by Ed Hindson and Howard Eyrich, Eds.
- Marital Expecations
- Understanding Headship and Submission
- Illustrative Counseling
- A Case for Illustrative Preaching
- The Gods are Anxious: The Delightful Rise of Genetic Polytheism
- Seven Habits of Highly Defective Dating
- Christian Communication
- How to Help a Grieving Child
- Believing in Hope: A Meditation on Hope, Expectations and the Nature of Faith
- Exegete the Bible: Exegete the Person: an Interview with John Street
- Intimacy with God