article is written in response to an article published on
the website of the US-based Institute for Creation Research,
for Global Warming.
Institute for Creation Research (ICR) recently published an
article on its website on evidence for global warming. In
my mind, the stance the ICR takes is extremely disappointing,
not least because it goes against the overwhelming majority
of evidence of the world's best scientists. To be still questioning
whether or not the globe is really warming, let alone question
that it is happening as a result of human activity, shows
that the ICR is out of touch with the majority views of the
evangelical and scientific worlds, and the Bible.
be still questioning whether or not the globe is really
warming, let alone question that it is happening as
a result of human activity, shows that the ICR is
out of touch with the majority views of the evangelical
and scientific worlds, and the Bible."
state that "it will require a much longer period of record
to be confident in any conclusions" is simply not true.
The latest IPCC
report, despite the ICR stating that it "reduced
the alarmist rhetoric", actually states that the likelihood
of global warming being caused by human activity is now 'very
high', defined as a greater than 90 per cent likelihood, hence
the greater urgency to take action now.
The ICR article shows that it is out of touch with the majority
of evangelical opinion. It comes more than a year after the
signing of a document by the National Association of Evangelicals
in the US called the Evangelical Climate Initiative. The signatories
of this document all agree that climate change is a real problem
and that Christians have a Biblical obligation to be actively
involved in dealing with the problem.
In addition to being out of touch with the rest of the evangelical
community and being based on poor science, the ICR article
is also based on poor theology.
It is poor theology to make a link between any benefits of
global warming and what the climate was like in the Garden
of Eden, as if this was the ideal for the whole world and
that the rest of the world didn't matter. Scientists have
indeed stated that there will be some areas of the world that
will benefit from global warming, however these areas are
in the very small minority. The fact is that global warming
will overwhelmingly affect the poor through increased flooding,
increased drought, creating climate refugees and collapse
of some eco-systems. These are the very poor that God so passionately
cares about and calls us, through the 2,000 verses in the
Bible about the poor, to care about.
The poor theology in the ICR article is also highlighted in
the following statement: "Earth has a stable environmental
system with many built-in feedback systems to maintain a uniform
climate. It was designed by God and has only been dramatically
upset by catastrophic events like the Genesis Flood. Catastrophic
climate change will occur again in the future, but only by
God's intervention in a sudden, violent conflagration of planet
Earth in the end times (2 Peter 3:1-12)."
The earth does indeed have many built-in feedback systems
to maintain a uniform climate, however, despite it being designed
by God, it is still being ruined by humanity. To state that
catastrophic climate change will occur again only by God's
intervention is also not true and is in direct denial of the
current overwhelming evidence. It also shows an astonishing
ignorance of humanity's capacity for sinfulness. Additionally,
the statement that catastrophic climate change will only occur
again as a result of God's intervention implies that we need
not take action now and thereby denies the dignity of the
creation that God made and said was good.
Articles such as that by the ICR threaten to undermine the
good and Godly work that many Christians are doing in response
to the Biblical call to be good stewards of the creation that
God has so kindly allowed us to live in.
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