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Faith and discipleship address global warming

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:28 pm

Waldrop: Faith and discipleship address global warming
By: Russell Waldrop | For The News Virginian
Published: April 27, 2012
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We have been reviewing a document entitled “The Environmental Climate Initiative,” signed in 2006 by 86 leaders of America’s evangelical Christian community. In it they made four claims that accept the finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other climatologists that “Human-Induced Climate Change is Real” (Claim one); that “The Consequences of Climate Change Will Be Significant, and Will Hit the Poor the Hardest” (Claim two); and that “Christian Moral Convictions Demand Our Response to the Climate Change Problem” (Claim three). Their fourth claim is:

4. “The need to act now is urgent. Governments, businesses, churches, and individuals all have a role to play in addressing climate change—starting now.”

The fact that leading Christian theologians and evangelists have officially accepted and integrated human-caused global warming into their personal faith and discipleship should dispel the notion that such belief must be a “liberal, Marxist/Socialist secular humanist conspiracy.” Of course, people other than Christians believe in global warming, too; even some from not-so-popular political or religious groups. But the signers of this Declaration have histories and lifestyles in the community that establish them solidly as followers of Jesus (like Pastor Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life”). In fact, they would say that the first call is to follow Jesus, but that doing so teaches us to protect the environment.

There are, indeed, arguments against global warming, including: a) “It isn’t happening”; b) “It’s happening, but just a little bit”; c) “It’s happening, but we’re not causing it”; d) “It’s happening, but it’s too late to stop it”; even e) “It’s happening and it’s actually good for us (a serious argument by some).”

Mostly, though, as documented by Dr. Christine Shearer, in “Kivalina: A Climate Change Story,” these are re-packaged and recycled versions of older arguments against the dangers of asbestos, lead paint, acid rain, coal mining, smog, the ozone layer, and cigarette smoking. In fact, an entire Product Defense Industry (PDI) has arisen to attack any scientific evidence that their sponsors’ products are harmful.

Remember the tobacco industry’s memo that bragged: “Doubt is our product…”?

The Rev. Russell G. Waldrop, D.Min., LPC-S, is a pastoral psychotherapist in Waynesboro, VA. Contact him at 540-256-1147, at, or visit

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