Climate Change: Fact and Faith

An EXCELLENT interview – primarily on the issue of climate change, but also revealing the reality of political influence shaping the beliefs of Christians, as well as the motivation behind those influential political ideologies.

Caring about climate is entirely consistent with who we are as Christians, but over the last several decades we have increasingly begun to confound our politics with our faith to the point where instead of our faith dictating our attitudes on political and social issues we are instead allowing our political party to dictate our attitude on issues that are clearly consistent with who we are.

[Katharine Hayhoe]

We are being told things by people who don’t like the solutions to climate change and have decided that its a lot better and a lot smarter to deny the reality of the problem than to acknowledge it exists but say you don’t want to do anything about it.

[Katharine Hayhoe]


4 thoughts on “Climate Change: Fact and Faith

  1. Thanks for this post (and welcome back) !

    Climate-change denial is probably only the tip of the iceberg. In the U.S. at least, I’m struck by how much the “Christian” political faction has made lies central to their thinking. A college professor in Florida was fired today for harassing the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook slaughter to prove their child ever existed: the professor claims no one was murdered at Sandy Hook. Others have their conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attack (even that it never really happened), deny the Holocaust, still claim Obama was born in Kenya: the governor of Texas last year bird-dogged the U.S. Army for fear a military exercise in his state was a plot to put the state under martial law and seize Texans’ guns. I’ve even seen the long-discredited “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” passed around by people on the farthest fringes.

    If Jesus is “the truth,” as He said He IS, all the rampant political denial of reality is nothing less than spiritual warfare.

    The scripture that comes to mind is the warning in II Thessalonians 2: 9-11 of “…the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan…with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.” The terrifying clincher is that God Himself “…will send upon them a deluding influence SO THAT THEY MIGHT BELIEVE WHAT IS FALSE.” It’s hard to see how anyone can thereafter see or choose truth, when God’s Own power is against it.

    I don’t know if any today have reached that helpless point. But there are clearly many, including many Christians, who show no love of truth, when it contradicts their political purposes.

  2. Thanks Steve,
    Sadly I lost a few Christian friendships because of viewpoints based on the lies propagated by the American religious right. Even when they finally recognised that the evidence used to support their view had been falsified, they still chose to believe in the validity of that view despite the falsified evidence. In particular I refer to the rabid anti-Obama hate-speak that started well before he actually became President.

    I’ve also seen the strong Christian backing given to the Tea Party whose policies (as far as I see it) are strongly in favour of the wealthy at the expense of the poor.

    And also there’s the denial of the reality of climate change. Katharine Hayhoe makes an interesting observation about that denial being more associated with a dislike of the required solutions (that would challenge their political ideology) than being a reasoned response to clear scientific evidence. I’ve seen similar statements being made by other climate change reporters.

  3. Steve, that II Thess reference has to be one of the most sobering statements in scripture.

    Notably it places responsibility upon each of us as individuals : “because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved”.

    We are responsible for our own attitude to the truth.
    Interestingly it doesn’t say we must receive the truth, but we need to receive a LOVE OF the truth. To me that means a desire for truth, to seek it out, being willing to respond to the truth when we find it.

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