There is Not a Consensus on Global Warming Today?

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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?

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Comments

  1. says

    Being a business-oriented person, I tend to approach this problem from a cost/benefit or ROI perspective. Aside from the morality of doing the right thing to be stewards of God’s creation, we need to understand that God’s laws make sense and that they represent the BEST possible outcome in the world in which we live. Any reading through the writings of Moses shows us the care and concern that God had for the land. Any reading of the prophets cannot help but find God’s concern for the healing of the land. So let’s agree first of all that God has an “environmental agenda” even if we don’t.

    Waste products are a waste of resources. Anything that leaves a plant that someone doesn’t pay us for is a waste. those of us closer to old fashioned farming techniques understand that cycling waste is not only sustainable, but is actually enriching to the environment. Small, integrated farm holdings collected animal waste for fertilizer for the gardens and fields. Waste from the grains formed bedding for the animals and compost for the garden to enrich the soil. What didn’t get eaten by people was eaten by pigs and chickens in a sustainable model.

    Modern industry has left the Biblical principles of environmental care and as a result has lost profits because they created waste that wasn’t cycled. People talk of carbon dioxide as a “waste” gas, but makers of dry ice see it as a raw material. Zero landfill operations are finding that reduced waste costs have increased profits. And in many cases, it’s not hard to do. What we need is a stewardship mindset that reads God’s Word and looks for ways to apply it.

    Instead, what we have are pastors who don’t preach the whole counsel of God. They don’t preach from Leviticus about hygiene and land use, about leaving some grain behind for the wildlife and the poor during harvest. If we would study God’s law, and I mean REALLY study it for practical advice, we would come to love it like David does for his wisdom and mercy to all people.

    • cb scott says

      rick,

      I think you are right about those who were of an agracultural lifestyle of the past and, probably of the present also. Having lived around such folks in different places, at various times, I was always amazed that they wasted very little. It seemed they had a use for everything.

      I have also wondered at how much serious is the relationship between industral waste to some of the sickness in the world today that seemed less common in the past.

      • says

        CB,

        Having worked in the chemical industry for seven years, it is pretty amazing what can be reworked, reclaimed, reused, or even sold outright as a product or raw material. The biggest obstacles to wast reduction in industry are lack of communication and lack of infrastructure to support transport of wastes that can serve as raw materials for another process, either in a different segment of the industry, or even by the competition.

        • Bennett Willis says

          Rick, one of my favorite quotes on pollution goes something like this: “Plant superintendents got serious about pollution when they realized that it was uninvoiced product.”

  2. says

    I’m glad to see voices from the SBC acknowledging global warming and giving concern for our environment along with some positive steps to take in being stewards of the earth.

  3. Louis says

    It’s always good, I believe, to hear from a variety of perspectives.

    Modern society is interesting. While society claims to be more secular, and is so in many ways, some of our greatest disagreements have significant religious overtones or presumptions.

    Some of the biggest and greatest disagreements are over 1) the distant past (1 billion years ago or so) 2) the distant future (predictions over what may happen in the future).

    There is quite a push for everyone to agree on a narrative regarding such issues. It is very evangelical in nature. And if you don’t agree or raise questions, you are demonized.

    It would be better for their to be open discussions on the science of these issues, but that doesn’t seem to happen.

    Being a good steward of environmental resources is really a no-brainer. There are many things we can do, and this author mentions a few.

    Stewardship should not supplant the Gospel and our chief calling to preach it and make disciples.

    But our fear that environmental stewardship will overtake our devotion to the Gospel, or that some in the environmental community are ideologically opposed to the Faith or believe strange things should not discourage us from discussing the issue or participating in wholesome efforts to preserve and protect the environment.

  4. Adam G. in NC says

    Global warming? Hmmm. Well, we live 8 light-seconds from a burning star. I’d say its possible. Is it man-made? I’m not so sure about that. Sounds like one more fear tactic to redistribute wealth.

  5. Jess Alford says

    Global warming? I do know back in the early 1960’s winter’s were harsh
    in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. In the 1980’s and 90’s winters
    were mild with more rain and less snow. I don’t know if this is due to cycles of the earth or if the earth is warming up.

    I don’t see how we can abuse something for so long and not suffer the consequences. Maybe we should all do our part in the conservancy
    of our planet.

  6. says

    Don’t forget there has been global warming in the past. A fleet of Chinese ships are supposed to have sailed around Greenland about 6-8 centuries ago, and the vikings had a settlement there for a while until more frigid temperatures returned. Also the global warming puts the government with its finger in the pie right smack dab in the middle of everything, waving a big stick to make people kow tow and conform, not the sort of thing freedom loving Americans like.

  7. Jess Alford says

    dr. james willingham,

    Here is one for you, I was watching a science program a few years ago,
    and some evolutionists said in a couple of thousand years our noses
    will be about four or five times their size with alot more hair in them than we have now to filter out the pollutants in the air.

    What thinkest thou?

  8. Jess Alford says

    Scientists say with the rising of carbon dixoide in the atmosphere that it has boosted the growth of posin ivy. Matter of fact, I had to go to the doctor last week with a bad case of it. The vine I got into didn’t have any leaves on it.

  9. Louis says

    Jess:

    That’s NOT the kind of theory that will catch on because it is distasteful to think about and not attractive.

    Theories that are attractive must have some appeal to the opinion makers to get traction and thus become accepted dogma.

  10. Bennett Willis says

    One of the ethical issues that I see among young people is that they seem to feel that just because someone ably articulates a point of view that this means that point of view has credibility and should be considered equally in any discussion of the topic.

    This is simply bull and you, as pastors, should know this better than anyone.

    The models may be off by a few years, but things are happening–and a few years don’t really matter. However, I don’t think that it matters what we believe–we are going to do the experiment anyhow. And even if (somehow) the US got our carbon act together, the people of China, India, and (soon) Africa will carry out the experiment without us.

    • Bennett Willis says

      And if “swimming with the fish around a corral reef” is on your bucket list, I think you better do it sooner rather than later.

      • Bennett Willis says

        I read Dr. B’s cv and looked at the sort of work his organization (Cornwall Alliance) does. I feel extremely comfortable dismissing his claims. One of CA’s mantras is the “defense of traditional fuels.” This means coal in their case. [Do you realize that each car of coal in the unit trains we see produces around 3.5 times its weight in carbon dioxide?] There are not “thousands” of scientists who dismiss likelyhood that burning stored carbon is going to change the energy balance on our planet. Or perhaps a better way to say this is that if the “dismissers” have their thousands, the “affirmers” have their ten thousands.

        If we are putting more of a compound into the atmosphere that EVERYONE agrees increases the retention of heat energy in the atmosphere, and the concentration of that compound is increasing, it is very reasonable that the temperature will go up. The only point of discussion (my opinion) is how fast and how far. There are always problems with models, because in a complex system there are always interactions that you did not recognize. In this case you may say that the rate of the increase is in question or the results of the increase in rate are uncertain. However, in any event, time passes quickly. So it takes 20 years rather than 10 years. This is not particularly important to most of us.

        There is no serious doubt that things are changing. The closest thing to a question is, “Why?” When things change in the weather, people suffer. We (all the world) are organized around a weather pattern and have set up our lives so that we fit fairly comfortably–or at least we usually survive. If that changes, people have to change how they (we) live. It usually takes a lot of early deaths to cause people to change. And the people most vulnerable are the children.

        • Christiane says

          “And the people most vulnerable are the children.”

          like the caged canaries used in the mines . . . when they died, the miners knew the air was becoming dangerous

  11. says

    The earth has been cooling for 15 years. Why?

    Could that big ball of fire in the sky have something to do with the weather?

    Global warming is THE biggest scam of the century.

    A great site to read all about it and keep up on it:

    http://climatedepot.com

    Thanks.

  12. Jess Alford says

    theoldadam,

    We have had one of the hotest and the most dry summers in 25 years.
    It sure doesn’t seem to be cooling to me. They are dredging the Mississippi River so barges can pass.

    It’s so humid here, I looked out my livingroom window and saw a largemouth bass swim by.

    It’s so humid here, I went to the barn to milk the cow and had to empty my bucket three times before I got there.

    How is it cooling down?

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