Christians often deny that addictions are “diseases” and that they are “genetic.”

But this denial often assumes a materialist view of psychology, as if there are only material causes of disease and only “genetic” forms of inheritance.

If we say that even “purely physical” diseases have non-physical causes, and that there are other forms of inheritance of traits other than genetic, we may need to say that addictions are “diseases” and are inherited.

Articles by Peter J. Leithart