Nature vs Nurture

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For many years the issue of nature versus nurture has been one of the biggest debates in the study of psychology. The argument for nature assumes not only our height, looks, eye color, etc. are inborn, but also that the same goes for our character, intelligence, sexual orientation, etc. (Myers, 2013, p. 6). The argument for nurture assumes that the mind begins as a blank slate, known as tabula rasa, and that everything in the mind comes from the external world through the senses (Myers, 2013, p. 6; McLleod, 2007). Author’s Thoughts on the Nature Versus Nurture Argument My thoughts on the nature versus nurture argument are that it is most important to search God’s Word in order to find answers to these questions. We can see in Genesis 1:27 and Ephesians 2:10 that we are all created by God and that He puts our DNA together as He wants for our own individuality. We receive our genes from our parents and we definitely tend to favor our parents. I strongly disagree with any notion that natural selection, or evolution shapes us in any way because the Bible tells us that “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” in John 1:3. Therefore, the natural selection and evolution theories do not hold up in light of God’s Word. While I believe that our personality, intelligence, athleticism, etc. may be partially inherited from our parents, it appears that they are mostly influenced by our environment. The Bible warns us that our influences can change our behaviors (see 1 Corinthians 15:33). Therefore, I do believe that our personality, intelligence, and other factors are partly genetically influenced, but I also believe that environments in which we are placed are also responsible for shaping us as well. History of the Nature Versus Nurture Issue The debate over nature vs. nurture is an ancient one (Myers, 2013, p. 6). The

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