By: EthicsDaily Staff
Widespread agreement exists in the U.S. that the global climate is warming, but the reasons are debated: 49 percent say it's human-caused, 46 percent cite natural changes, and 5 percent have no opinion.
By: Robert Parham
Plenty of serious issues have been tackled by the Baptist Center for Ethics over the last 25 years. But as we celebrate our quarter-century anniversary, let's focus on a few lighter moments.
By; EthicsDaily Staff
Affirmation that climate change is a serious problem is most prevalent in Latin America and Africa, a recent survey found. Many respondents see it as an immediate threat.
By: Robert Parham
The Catholic Church appears to be ready to take on climate change in an energetic way, putting them at odds with the anemic response from the U.S. Protestant community. Let civility prevail.
We are called to be stewards of this world, but that doesn't mean we can pillage it to satisfy our desires. As the climate changes, it's time we seek ecological justice.
Global warming tells us that we cannot continue to live as selfish individuals, heedless of the consequences of our behavior. A change of 1 degree has devastating effects.
Countless lives were shattered by Hurricane Sandy. As we clean up after the storm, we should also clean up the way we live and begin nurturing the planet.
A billboard by The Heartland Institute linked those who believed in climate change with mass murderers. It did what many do who lack a persuasive case – compare the other side to evildoers.
With the news of a global warming skeptic concluding that global warming is real, the ice under the global warming deniers is thinning as fast as the ice is thinning from climate change in the Arctic.
As politicians call for prayer to end droughts and disasters, we should remember we have a role to play in the answers. If we've caused problems, such as altering weather patterns, we should fix them.
Two prominent governors, who are skeptics about the evidence for climate change, have called for prayer for their drought-plagued states. But God doesn't perform tricks on demand to further political ambitions.
With the fossil-fuel industry spending big bucks to spread doubt about climate change, former Vice President Al Gore said there's one thing all their cash and influence can't alter – reality.
Climate change is driving extreme weather events – events that destroy crops. The loss of crops drives up food prices. Increased food prices cause political unrest and increased hunger.
Few Tea Party adherents think global warming is a problem, and most GOP Senate candidates in heated races expressed doubts about the science of climate change. Scientific certitude is no match for ideological absurdity.
When we consider the damage that humans inflict upon the earth because they choose to be carnivorous, it makes sense that the original order of vegetarianism should be seriously reconsidered.
Dostoyevsky had it right. Food is a spiritual issue – in terms of our unhealthy consumption habits, our harmful industrialized supply system and our seeming indifference to those without food.
The White House and U.S. Senate missed a "fullness of time" moment, failing to pass needed climate change legislation. And the American faith community displayed an equal failure in moral will.
The false narrative that scientists are in widespread disagreement about climate change is driven by the ideological party of short-term greed and the theological party of fundamentalism.
The recent horrific downpours in America and around the world were not isolated events. Global warming sets the table for these intense downpours. People of faith must urge elected officials to take action.
Pointing out that the effects of climate change are already being felt around the world, a prominent Bangladesh Baptist has urged everyone to take responsibility for their actions in contributing to climate change.
The National Wildlife Federation's president recently spoke about the connection between the Gulf oil spill and our need to address global warming. When will we show the "stubborn courage" to respond?
Do recent record-setting high temps across the U.S. prove global warming? Not so fast. Weather and climate are different. We must be careful to not use the same faulty logic that global-warming deniers used in the winter.
The debate over global warming will never be won because many focus on personal beliefs rather than the data. Perhaps if we rally around the issue of sustainability we can move forward.
Many conservatives believe the world revolves around the United States, claiming that massive snowstorms here disprove global warming. Such repeated distortions can't be allowed to go unchecked.
A new study from NASA reports that 2009 is tied as the second warmest year since modern recording began in 1880 and that 2000-09 was the hottest decade on record.
While Copenhagen yielded a weak deal for our commitment to climate control, it's still another step on the road. In this new year, we must keep the pressure on for a plan that's fair, ambitious and binding.
World leaders gathered in Copenhagen to negotiate the details of an accord to combat global warming, and Southern Baptist leaders voiced their opposition with erroneous claims.
People hesitate to argue with a mechanic over the best way to fix an engine or with a surgeon over the best way to replace a hip. Why do so many have no hesitation to dismiss scientists about climate change?
Is it arrogance for humans to think of themselves as the cause or solution of climate change? Can the actions of a few million atone for the sins of decades of others? Well, even if it is arrogance, it feels right.
Through the Micah Network, global Baptists have offered sound theological reflection about earth care and a clarion call for action to protect the poor. If only U.S. Baptists would follow suit.
Speaking before a recent European Union summit meeting, leaders from three British denominations called on the EU to make drastic emissions cuts by 2020 and to help emerging nations cut carbon emissions.
The Christian Coalition joined the National Wildlife Federation in urging the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that will address constructively climate change. The Coalition's commitment to addressing climate change is a ray of hope.
The year 1990 is significant in the emergence of a Christian response to the environmental crisis. That's when the World Convocation on Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation issued the Seoul Declaration.
BMS World Mission's letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a refreshing change of pace. Too many Christians engage in an adversarial tone when they enter the political arena.
BMS World Mission penned an open letter to Great Britain's prime minister, Gordon Brown, asking him to speak up for the interests of the world's poor at December's climate conference in Copenhagen.
A different kind of health-care legislation is facing Congress. Climate-change legislation will ensure our planet's health, but will Christians step up to make sure the poor aren't burdened?
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham broke with fellow Southern Baptists once again when he joined Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to urge a bipartisan effort to support climate change legislation.
Is the Chamber of Commerce's agenda on climate change antithetical to the public good? More American corporations are abandoning the chamber and opposing its stance on global warming.
Two U.S. senators introduced ambitious legislation designed to reduce carbon emissions and stop global warming. With moderate Democrats offering doubts, the bill faces poor prospects of being passed soon.
Newsweek devoted a year to rank the nation's greenest corporations. If corporate America can be ranked on a green scale, should denominations be ranked on a green scale, too?
Joining 100 world leaders at the United Nations for a day of talks on climate change, former Vice President Al Gore called on the Senate to pass a landmark bill to fight global warming.
Members of the U.S. House narrowly passed unprecedented climate legislation, which was endorsed by more than 140 Baptist leaders. The bill still needs approval from the Senate before going to President Obama.
Global-warming denier Rep. Paul Broun is among the evangelical Christian politicians who adhere to a trinity of biblical literalism, free-market ideology and hostility toward science that endangers the common good.
More than 140 Baptist leaders from across the country signed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter to lawmakers endorsing the "American Clean Energy and Security Act."
Americans who are alarmed, concerned or cautious about global warming make up 70 percent of the population, a new study said. Those in the dismissive group are the most likely to be evangelical Christians or Baptists.
While some younger Southern Baptists are ready to climb on board the environmental bandwagon, they are still dragging their feet – just as their elders did on the race issue.
A prominent Baptist campaigner says the British government's decision to launch four coal-fired power stations will increase carbon dioxide emissions at the very time they need to decline.
An imperfect bill should not sideline people of faith from supporting "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009." We must not allow the tyranny of moral perfectionism to block the urgency of moral realism.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted largely along party lines to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The bill's success is far from certain as it will face scrutiny before a vote by the House.
Enacting meaningful climate-change legislation isn't easy, even when a newspaper report and testimony from Al Gore help the case. A House bill may be diluted because Dems from industrial and coal-producing states are balking.
While the green movement is still taking root at many churches, some congregations are taking steps to be more faithful stewards of God's creation, from reducing their use of foam products to cleaning up a nearby park.
Environmental organizations, such as the National Wildlife Federation, the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, are reaching out to churches and faith-based organizations for partnerships on issues of environmental stewardship.
Without science on her side, a Tennessee congresswoman had only one course to perpetuate the pathetic pattern of doubt creation about global warming: question Al Gore's integrity.
Lobbying for climate change has become a high-stakes issue in the last five years, a new study finds. The number of lobbyists has more than tripled to 2,340 – more than four times the members of Congress.
Sen. Inhofe's report lists more than "700 dissenting scientists" who dispute man-made global warming. One "scientist" is actually a TV weatherman with no college degree. One wonders how many others are without credentials.
The scientific evidence of climate change is no longer disputable. As disciples of Christ we cannot close our eyes to the facts. If we do not act, we will be complicit in the starvation, poverty and injustice that results.
A Southern Baptist Convention official repeated yet again his claim that the earth was cooling. If he were alone, one could dismiss his comment as another half-baked claim.
BMS World Mission has set out on what it calls a “journey” to become carbon-neutral in its impact with a target timeline of three years.
The European Union's plans for tackling climate change are inadequate, and the UK Government should take a lead in revising them, according to Church leaders in this country.
Chuck Colson, the former Watergate felon who is now a Baptist author and speaker, recently misrepresented evidence about global warming and even suggested that global cooling was occurring.
We ought to give contemporary environmentalists a little slack for misreading Psalm 50.
The symbolism was obvious: President Obama went to the rooftop—the roof of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, with its solar panels for heat—before he signed the $787 billion economic stimulus package into law Tuesday.
What is demanded from people of faith is doubt--doubt about claims of “clean” coal, doubt about the veracity of the coal industry’s environmental commitment.
The Bible is God's green book, staking out the divine imperative for earth care. EthicsDaily.com's mini-site, TheGreenBible.org, warehouses articles and videos about the environment, global warming and creation care.
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, once again used his weekly radio program to mock the idea of global warming and instead claimed that the earth is experiencing global cooling. However, Land relied on poor evidence, including a discredited list of scientists and the prediction of an unreliable almanac.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have urged the Government not to proceed with a new generation of coal-fired power stations.
These days you don't have to drive too long before you'll come across a hybrid car. High gasoline prices are finally having an effect. SUVs are out and hybrids, as well as other high mileage vehicles, are suddenly very much in demand. We simply can't afford the gas.
Global warming will have significant impact on Americans' quality of life, claims a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Robert Parham at EthicsDaily.com recently posted an article about Al Gore's interview on "60 Minutes" discussing the "toxic partnership" between religious fundamentalists, who deny global warming in an effort to protect a hyper-literal reading of the Bible, and free-market ideologues, who deny it to protect their financial interests.
Former Vice President Al Gore is launching a bipartisan three-year campaign this week aimed at building grassroots support to address global warming. With a $300 million price tag, the Alliance for Climate Change's "We" campaign is one of the largest and most expensive public advocacy campaigns in history.
Al Gore compared naysayers of manmade global warming to those who reject historical and scientific fact in a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday night.
A leading scholar on global warming says a letter sent last week to all 100 United States senators urging defeat of a measure to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is factually wrong.
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land apparently thought he had good reason for refusing to sign a recent statement by fellow Southern Baptists calling for action on global warming. He believes the Earth is getting colder.
Nearly 50 Southern Baptists leaders are issuing a declaration today urging Southern Baptists to take care of the environment and fight climate change. The Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative released its environmental statement entitled "A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change," which cites Scriptures and the Baptist Faith & Message of 2000 to support its environmental message.
Global warming is worse now than when I first wrote about it in my out-of-print book, Loving Neighbors Across Time: A Christian Guide to Protecting the Earth, published in late 1991. Scientific evidence is more definitive. Moral action is more urgent. Opposition is more boneheaded now than then.
What in the world was the Wall Street Journal thinking when it sent its "deputy Taste editor" to cover the three-day meeting of the New Baptist Covenant?
Unpublicized is a jewel of an opportunity for Baptists concerned about the environment. If you want to know more about global warming and what you can do, then attend one of two special screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth" during the New Baptist Covenant gathering next week in Atlanta and interface with two Baptist ministers who have shown the documentary in their churches.
A British Baptist leader welcomed political consensus forged at last month's Union Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, but lamented objections by the United States to set targets for reducing greenhouse emissions that nearly derailed the proceedings.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said global warming isn't just a matter for politics and science but also an issue of morality and faith.
"Newsweek" exposed this week the axis of corporations and conservative organizations that oppose the scientific evidence that human actions are causing global warming as the "denial machine."
Global-warming deniers argue that science is unsettled about whether human beings are the driving cause of climate change. Some say human begins are too insignificant to change climate patterns; that climate change results from natural fluctuations, not human actions. That human begins cannot change earth--earth is too massive.
The Bible spoke first about humans guarding garden Earth from harm, but Bible listeners did not hear.