“Anyone who wants a crash course on this issue – one that is growing in importance on an almost daily basis – needs to watch this fascinating debate. …theology, science and razor-sharp rhetorical skills are all on prominent display. And most importantly, there is a thoughtful and rigorous discussion concerning our responsibilities as advocates for the poor, for future generations and for our miraculous garden planet.” Eric Holmberg, Founder/President of The Apologetics Group, producer of “Hell’s Bells 2 – The Power and Spirit of Popular Music”
Global warming…it has been called the greatest threat facing humanity today. Among those addressing its supposed challenges are Christians, people whose faith and worldview require care for the planet (stewardship) as well as love for their neighbor and future generations. Enter the Evangelical Climate Initiative (ECI) and a significant effort on the part of churches, ministries and individuals to answer this new “call to action.”
But not everybody agrees that the increase in global temperature is significant or human-induced or will necessarily lead to catastrophic climate change. Adaptation rather than mitigation may be the best and most biblically sound approach, particularly when the supporters of mitigation are advocating greater government control over industry and CO2 emissions.
In the spirit of Proverbs 18:17 (“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.”), Union University sponsored a formal debate on the issue between two premier Christian scholars. On one side is Dr. David P. Gushee, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy and one of the drafters of the ECI. On the other is Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, one of the authors of “A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming” and associate professor associate professor of historical theology and social ethics at Knox Theological Seminary. He is also one of the founders of The Interfaith Stewardship Alliance – a leading advocacy group for Biblically based environmental stewardship using sound science and economics and putting humanity’s needs, especially those of the poor, first.