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At the recent national Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) conference in November 2012 in Milwaukee, WI, E. Calvin Beisner spoke in the first plenary session on “Creation Care and Godly Dominion: The Search for a Genuinely Biblical Earth Stewardship.” His essay is both thought-provoking and engaging. Even if you disagree with his conclusions, I think his opinion and the opinions of the various scientists he quotes should be equally considered when discussing global warming and other creation care issues. Beisner’s conclusions cannot simply be dismissed as “pseudo-science.”
Bio from Beisner’s website: E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., is spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation and is also an author and speaker on the application of the Biblical world view to economics, government, and environmental policy. He has published over ten books and hundreds of articles, contributed to, or edited, many other books, and been a guest on television and radio programs. A ruling elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, he has spoken to churches, seminars, and other groups around the country for nearly twenty years.
Zondervan recorded the plenary sessions, and offers them here. Beisner is introduced at 53:28 and starts speaking at 55:05.
Summary of Main Points
Contrary to popular belief, there is not a consensus on the danger of man-made global warming among scientists. All scientists affirm global warming; where they disagree is in the degree to which Earth is warming, and will warm over the next several years. The surveys that claim such a consensus concerning the impending danger of man-made global warming are biased and have been corrupted, only citing a small percentage of experts in the field while totally ignoring the tens of thousands of other scientists who disagree. There is a political and media bias that is seeking to squelch any arguments to the contrary.
Christians should be stewards of God’s creation since humans are created in God’s image, and Christians are being further made in His image through the work of the Holy Spirit in light of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Here are some concrete actions that Christians can carry out in their local communities: 1) Adopt a highway. 2) Cleanup a local neighborhood. 3) Start a Neighborhood Garden. 4) Insulate homes and churches so as not to waste energy. 5) Support or volunteer with ministries that help the poor in East Africa. 6) Participate in sensible recycling programs. 7) Study and teach biblical earth stewardship.
What are your thoughts?