Sunday, September 23, 2007

Global Warming, Do You Care?

Apparently evangelical Christians don't, according to this.

Evangelical Christians are more skeptical than other Christians and American adults overall about the severity of global warming, a new study showed. Only 33 percent of evangelical Christians view global warming as a "major" problem facing the country compared to people of other faiths or of no religion in which over half say it's severe, according to The Barna Group.


While I agree with the article that Christians should be good stewards of all that God has given them, I resent the implication that not buying into "global warming" is contrary to that. Well, maybe resent is too strong a word. It's hard to deny that there is evidence to suggest the climate is getting warmer, but no one has proven to me that human activity is the cause of it...or even a contributor. Maybe part of my reason for not getting too excited about it, at least subconsciously, is that I am utterly convinced that Christ is coming soon.

What do you think?

5 comments:

Patrick O'Hara said...

Global Warming like so many other public "debates" suffers from those that are interested in headlines and not facts. The facts are:
1) The world is warmer than it used to be (think ice age).
2) CO2 in any amount is a green house gas and therefore tends to warm the Earth.
3) We do not know enough about climate to understand how much the CO2 we produce effects the overall warming process.

So what do we do with these facts? My Father used to like to say "If you find yourself in a whole, stop digging." I am not convinced that Human activity "caused" Global Warming, but it ain't helping. Beyond that burning petrochemical (i.e. petroleum products), produces poisons that we release into the air and water. Finally we are using them at a rate that far outstrips the rate they are created. We will need to replace our current energy infrastructure at some point. Whether it's in 10, 50, or 500 years. We know how to do it now so why wait?

Gary Kirkham said...

Patrick,

Thanks for dropping by. I actually think that weaning ourselves off of hydrocarbons is a good thing. I would rather see that accomplished using proven scientific evidence and unbiased estimates of available resources, rather than doomsday scare tactics.

But looking at each or your points.

1) Are we warmer than we have ever been? Can it be proven that the temperatures we are seeing are not part of a natural temperature cycle?

2) Are humans producing more C02 than would normally be considered statistically insignificant?

3) You are right, we don't know enough, yet there many that think we need to "fix it," some how. Some are willing to go as far as introducing what amounts to pollution into the upper atmosphere just so we can "fix it."

I'm not convinced we are in a hole and I am not convinced we are not. I am suspicious of the motives of some of the scientists and politicians who are promoting global warming. As with most everything else, I think money and political power are driving the debate.

Bino B. Manjasseril said...

Worshiping earth and any creation in it or around it was always and is part of pagan religion.Hindus worship pretty much anything in the universe. For them, earth is a goddess .

Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1)

I am tempted to connect this new phenomenon of 'Loving earth' to the way of paganism. While saying so, I wouldn't ignore one thing though:

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1)

If the creation is giving us a sense of the invisible qualities of it's creator, it is well and good. If it is a matter of worshiping the creation rooted in paganism and unbelief and the futility of 'evolution' and atheism I reject it.

I might agree to the fact that the temperature is rising.Did God ever say that this earth is eternal?
But this is what He said:

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (Luke 21).

Didn't He say that, do not be anxious about tomorrow?

I can live in peace because I know that this is not eternal and He is preparing a eternal place for me. Thats my hope.

We can't blame atheists for they don't know anything other that what they see so they get anxious about it.To me it's quite natural.

Gary Kirkham said...

Bino,

It could be in preparation for this:

The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.

Jed said...

"I can live in peace because I know that this is not eternal and He is preparing a eternal place for me. Thats my hope."

So that goes for all of us, including the coming generations ? Then we may just let it all happen I guess... hey, maybe thats a splendid solution, dont worry, be happy, give away your brains to religion.

"We can't blame atheists for they don't know anything other that what they see so they get anxious about it.To me it's quite natural."

Anxious, I´d say it´s about being responsible for earth as we not yet have the capacity to move to other planets. What "we see" (atheists ) is a good start in creating a functional community, no one really respects people stating that they see/believe in ghosts (jesus/mohammed etc), unable to actually provide any proof whatsoever.