Sunday, March 11, 2007

Evangelical Body Stays Course on Warming -

Evangelical Body Stays Course on Warming -
By Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 11, 2007; Page A05

"Rebuffing Christian radio commentator James C. Dobson, the board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals reaffirmed its position that environmental protection, which it calls "creation care," is an important moral issue.
The Rev. Leith Anderson, the association's president, said yesterday that the board did not respond to the letter during a two-day meeting that ended Friday in Minneapolis. But, he said, the board reaffirmed a 2004 position paper, "For the Health of the Nations," that outlined seven areas of civic responsibility for evangelicals, including creation care along with religious freedom, nurturing the family, sanctity of life, compassion for the poor, human rights and restraining violence. ..."

Historically evangelicals have taken the lead in issues of justice and compassion. The recent film, Amazing Grace, has underscored the role that Christian faith played in the abolition of slavery in Great Britain.

Christian witness in the world needs to be one of compassion as well as telling the Good News. We can ill-afford to be seen as the religious wing of either of the two main political parties -- and this goes as much for the PC(USA) as it does for fringe groups on the right and left.

The National Association of Evangelicals has done well to reaffirm its core values across a spectrum that includes more than just abortion and sexuality issues.


John said...

Amazing Grace was a great movie, showing how a man's faith and politics can overcome important issues.

Global warming is tricky - until the politicians stop politicizing it and let the scientists work on it, we won;t ever know if it's true.

The earth's axis is tilting each year, but no one seems to offer that as a natural part of this phenomenon

Denis Hancock said...

I agree, and would just add that the scientists themselves need to stop politicizing the issue as well.

Scientists who dissent from the current dogma are pretty much shunned by a community that should know that you can rarely, if ever, declare an issue to be settled. That just is not the nature of scientific inquiry.

sushil yadav said...

In response to your post on "environmental protection" and morality I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of consumerism/ industrialization on our minds and environment. Please read.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

To read the complete article please follow either of these links :