Saturday, August 05, 2006

Pat Robertson sees the light on global warming.

While it is simplistic to suggest that a single weather event like the current heatwave in the United States is the direct result of global warming, this does not seem to have stopped US evangalist and Bush backer, Pat Robertson, becoming a global warming believer: :::[Yahoo! News]

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson said on Thursday the wave of scorching temperatures across the United States had converted him into a believer in global warming.

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"We really need to address the burning of fossil fuels," Robertson said on his "700 Club" broadcast. "It is getting hotter, and the icecaps are melting and there is a buildup of carbon dioxide in the air."

With a reach of one million evangelical Christians extending right into Bush's core political base, Robertson's conversion is bad news for him, and good news for the cause. One season of hot weather does not global warming make, but the last 10 certainly do.

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1 comment:

Matt Stone said...

As a disciple of Jesus who sees care for God's creation as a sacred duty, the indifference of (the bulk of) the evangelical community has caused me much angst over the years.

So I welcome these stirrings of environmental consciousness, but with more than a little skepticism.

Many evangelicals, particularly the American variety, have deep seated commitments to dispensational theology, a way of viewing the world which holds out little hope for creation. By way of example consider the popularity of the Left Behind novels. Overcoming the inertia will require some deep theological reframing. This is just a start. A good start but just a start.

Matt
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