Timothy McMahan King is a Christian who suffered health problems that left him an opioid addict. He eventually broke his dependence on drugs. But he argues now that a bad theology that has been taken over into secular thinking–namely, the view that substances are themselves evil, as opposed to the way they are used–is making our substance abuse problem worse.
He has written an article for Religion & Politics entitled How Bad Theology Makes the Opioid Crisis Worse. I’m not sure what I think about all of this, but King offers a perspective that I hadn’t thought of before and maybe you can help me in the comments sort it through. Here is his thesis: