Evangelical Christian scientists in Oklahoma

This is not the story you're expecting. Instead, Tulsa TV news channel 6 is reporting on a group of 200 Oklahoman evangelical Christian scientists who have banded together to urge Congress to both accept the science of anthropogenic climate change, and take action to prevent the worst of its effects. Stuff like this is important. Research shows that one of the best ways to change minds on controversial social issues is to have the mind-changing message delivered by someone who is part of the community to be changed. Messages from insiders are more convincing than lectures from outsiders.

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  1. Ratel says:

    It's actually easier for them to come to this conclusion: their hockey stick graph only has to go back 7000 years.

    Yeah, yeah, I know.

  2. snig says:

    There's already been significant inroads:

    Being ok with environmental devastation is not part of the faith, it's just something people have been convinced of recently.

  3. as a person of christian faith myself ive always been confused about the resistance to environmental ideas for two reasons:
    1. its part of our religion that we are to be responsible stewards of nature.
    2. our whole religion is based around the premise that creation was at one point perfect but is now ruined and broken due to our sin

    you would think that christians would be all over environmentalism as a moral issue

  4. I would agree. The way I heard it best explained by people in the Evangelical environmental movement is, basically, "Your heavenly Father wants you to clean up after yourself." As somebody raised in the evangelical world (though not part of it now) it feels like the basic ideas should be pretty self-evident.

    But I think the issue is more that you're battling not Christianity, per se, but the Ayn Rand Christianity that has become entrenched in certain parts of America in the last few decades.

  5. There are other interpretations/translations of Genesis 1:26-30

    American Standard Version

    26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    27 And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    28 And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

    29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food:

    30 and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so.

    "The Message"

    26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
    reflecting our nature
    So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
    the birds in the air, the cattle,
    And, yes, Earth itself,
    and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
    God created human beings;
    he created them godlike,
    Reflecting God’s nature.
    He created them male and female.
    God blessed them:
    “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
    Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
    for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”undefined> 29-30 Then God said, “I’ve given you
    every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
    And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
    given them to you for food.
    To all animals and all birds,
    everything that moves and breathes,
    I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
    And there it was.

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