Don’t let Data Get in the Way of Faith!

An organization called The Cornwall Alliance for The Stewardship of Creation recently issued what it calls “An Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming.” Here are someselected quotations from that document:

    • We believe Earth and its ecosystems–created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence–are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory. Earth’s climate system is no exception. Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history.

 

    • We deny that Earth and its ecosystems are the fragile and unstable products of chance, and particularly that Earth’s climate system is vulnerable to dangerous alteration because of minuscule changes in atmospheric chemistry. Recent warming was neither abnormally large nor abnormally rapid. There is no convincing scientific evidence that human contributions to greenhouse gases is causing dangerous global warming.

 

  • We deny that carbon dioxide–essential to all plant growth–is a pollutant. Reducing greenhouse gases cannot achieve significant reductions in future global temperatures, and the costs of the policies would far exceed the benefits.
  • From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/victor-stenger/rising-antiscience-faith_b_3991677.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
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Good News! No Global Warming!

In 2009, John Shimkus, Republican of Illinois, and a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, argued that climate change is a myth because God told Noah he would never again destroy Earth by flood (Gen 8:21-22). He isseen on video as saying, “The earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood. . . . I do believe God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.”

This is from Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/victor-stenger/rising-antiscience-faith_b_3991677.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

See also the next post, Don’t Let Data get in the Way of Faith

“The facts are the facts, but then we know the truth. That always overcomes facts.”

“So I’m going to tell you what the facts are, and the facts are the facts, but then we know the truth. That always overcomes facts,” she has said.

You can’t make this stuff up.

She is Terri Copeland Pearsons, the daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland and head of Eagle Mountain International Church in Texas in reference to resisting measles vaccine. See http://www.npr.org/2013/09/01/217746942/texas-megachurch-at-center-of-measles-outbreak.

Part of the recent increase in measles has resulted from an infection breaking out among church members.  To be fair, she has since decided that vaccination is not a bad thing.

Along the same lines, a chassidic (orthodox Jewish) group in Brooklyn is the center of another outbreak. See http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6236a5.htm?s_cid=mm6236a5_x

Some are more understanding

In the category of drowning out Terry Jones by singing (see “The good and the evil: The good” posted earlier, some people are more American than anti-Muslim.  See http://www.upworthy.com/a-boy-makes-anti-muslim-comments-in-front-of-an-american-soldier-the-soldiers-reply-priceless?g=2. Of course, New York may be somewhat special. (Chassidic women offered to shop for Arab neighbors who were afraid to go onto the streets after 9/11/2001). (Thanks to Sounak Ghosh Roy for pointing this out to me.