Editor's note: In part three, the final installment of CP's series on evangelicals and climate change, the focus is on an argument by skeptics that opportunities are being lost to help the poor because of a focus on global warming.
Global warming skeptics argue that while global warming activists say that reducing carbon dioxide emissions is necessary to protect the poor and vulnerable, the science is so iffy and the cost of control so high that money would be better spent on direct aid to the poor.
The Cornwall Alliance is the primary organization representing this view. In 2006, Cornwall Alliance published a document, "A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming," that was a direct response to the Evangelical Climate Initiative's "Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action," discussed in part two of this series. In an interview with The Christian Post, Dr. E. Calvin Beisner explained his belief that the global warming caused by burning fossil fuels will be small and may have more benefits than harms to the environment. Beisner, a former theology professor and economics professor, is the founder and national spokesperson for Cornwall Alliance. more >>
A new investigative film seeking to answer one of life's most mysterious questions has brought together a team of experts, ranging from NASA scientists and Nobel Prize recipients, to share their perspectives on creation from a Roman Catholic worldview.
"Has science really disproven the existence of God? No – but for generations many scientists have ignored the concept of creation because doing otherwise would raise the question…of a Creator," a synopsis for the film proposes. "Today, however, we have compelling evidence – from science itself – for a beginning and fine-tuning of the universe. The insights are complementary, and that very fact provides evidence of a transcendent, intelligent Creator."
The 49-minute film, from Executive Producer Fr. Robert Spitzer and Ignatius Press, features a number of experts exploring how modern scientific theories try to answer the question of how life and the universe began, and promises that "viewers (will) learn that modern scientific paths point toward a very Catholic understanding of how we came to be." more >>
Editor's note: In part two of our series on global warming, CP reports on the internal process of a prominent evangelical organization, the National Association of Evangelicals, to reach a climate change position at the urging of evangelical activists.
For evangelicals who are global warming activists, convincing the Christian community to get engaged has been a process.
For example, Richard Cizik, though he was cited in 2008 by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world for his work as a 'green evangelical,' had a very tough time convincing his organization to back him at the time. more >>
When it comes to the issue of global warming, the label conservative and liberal won't necessarily help you determine if an evangelical Christian is a proponent or skeptic. Why? Because even within the inner core of conservative evangelical circles people are divided over the issue, with both sides asserting that science is clearly on their side. Take The Christian Post, for example: Dr. Richard Land, CP's executive editor, is among those who are skeptical that humans tip the scales toward global warming, while Dr. Joel C. Hunter, CP's senior editorial adviser, believes controlling human behavior may be in order.
Moreover, the prospects for a global decision to control carbon because of warming have dropped precipitously over the last three years because of a worldwide economic downturn, much to the consternation of evangelical and secular activists alike. Skeptics are delighted. But activists also point to a recent article in The New Yorker, which reports that President Barack Obama will make climate change a priority if he gets elected to a second term.
So which side is correct? And how should Christians view the future of the global warming debate, both inside the Christian community and out? more >>
"Scientists could soon be able to routinely screen unborn babies for thousands of genetic conditions, raising concern the breakthrough could lead to more abortions," said a June 6 headline in The Telegraph, a British newspaper.
The story reported that a research team "has been able to predict the whole genetic code" of an unborn baby. Take a drop or two of the mother's blood, a swab of the father's spittle, and one can unravel the biological mysteries of the unborn infant.
Psalm 139:15-16 comes to mind: "My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance…" more >>
Efforts to challenge and even remove the theory of evolution from the public school system in South Korea have been gaining ground after a petition last month seeking to make notable changes to textbooks in favor of creationism proved successful.
The South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that publishers will now be producing revised editions of textbooks without examples of the evolution of the horse or of the avian bird Archaeopteryx, which recent discoveries suggest was a separate species of dinosaur rather than ancestor to all birds. The campaign is apparently being led by an organization called the Society for Textbook Revise (STR), which seeks to remove the "error" of evolution from textbooks to "correct" students' views of the world. STR also wants to remove content about the evolution of humans.
Christians in South Korea, which has historically been a Buddhist nation, are still a minority but are rising in numbers. The STR, as part of the Korea Association for Creation Research (KACR), supports efforts to provide evidence in support of the creation account described in the book of Genesis, where God creates all animals, as well as the first humans, Adam and Eve. The KACR itself experienced notable success in 2008 when it opened a creationism exhibit at Seoul Land, one of the country's leading amusement parks, Nature magazine shared. more >>