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Some Christians want carbon controls because of their admirable care for the world's poor, arguing that a rise in sea level and angry storms will wreak havoc among the most vulnerable. more >>
Church historian D.G. Hart, a history professor at Hillsdale College, has an interesting piece on the Patheos blog in which he points out that the widespread support for Donald Trump among "evangelicals" is really good evidence that "evangelical" has come to mean little. He's right, of course — sad to say.
The major focus of Hart's piece is on the failure of a multi-million dollar campaign by Left-wing foundations and environmental activist groups to bring evangelicals, as a whole, on board the Green and especially the climate alarmist bandwagon. He quotes at length from a major article in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas about the so far more than 25-year-long campaign by Left/Progressive foundations and environmental advocacy organizations, spending many millions of dollars, to Green American evangelicals, especially on the issue of climate change — and the campaign's general failure. It also makes it clear that the funders and players are determined to continue and improve that campaign in coming decades.
In that article and the extensive study on which it's based, Lydia Bean and Steven Teles of the Progressive "New America Foundation" largely chalk up the failure to the funders' and recipients' failure to build "mobilized power" instead of mere "convening power." more >>
An ongoing debate between evangelical groups on whether eliminating pollution and providing clean electricity over fossil fuels can be considered a "pro-life issue" has reached North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's doorstep.
Groups such as the Evangelical Environmental Network and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, along with 15,000 pro-life Christians in North Carolina, have petitioned to McCrory and other elected officials, urging them to aim for achieving 100 percent clean electricity in the state by 2030 as part of its Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign.
However, E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., founder and national spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, told CP in a separate interview, that the Pro-Life Clean Energy plan is a "deceptive campaign" that has been been criticized by a number of pro-life leaders. more >>
A Vatican astronomer who embraces both science and religion has said there is no conflict between the two, arguing that scientist who reject religion are lacking in humility, while Christians who reject science believe they can tell God how he should have made the universe.
"To me (the issue) comes down to two problems: Scientists not having enough humility to understand, that they don't have all the answers and religion not having enough to recognize that they can't tell God how He should have made the universe," Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, answered in response to a question regarding people who find conflict between science and religion, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Consolmagno said in a speech at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper that the Roman Catholic Church has been looking to bring a balance between science and faith since the 1580s, when Pope Gregory XIII committed the Church to scientific study. more >>
The Bible makes a stark and fundamental distinction between intentional and accidental killing.
When God instructed Israel to provide "cities of refuge" in the Promised Land, He said:
"If anyone kills his neighbor unintentionally without having hated him in the past — as when someone goes into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and his hand swings the axe to cut down a tree, and the head slips from the handle and strikes his neighbor so that he dies — he may flee to [a city of refuge] and live, lest the avenger of blood … strike him fatally, though the man did not deserve to die, since he had not hated his neighbor in the past. … more >>