Friday, June 22, 2007

Southern Baptists Vote For Balanced, Credible Approach to Global Warming

Southern Baptists approved a resolution on global warming that questions the prevailing scientific belief that humans are largely to blame for the phenomenon and also warns that increased regulation of greenhouse gases will hurt the poor.

The global warming debate has split evangelical Christians, with some not only pressing the issue but arguing humans bear most of the responsibility for the problem because of greenhouse gas emissions. Other evangelicals say talking about the issue at all diminishes their influence over more traditional culture war issues such as abortion, gay marriage and judicial appointments.

The SBC resolution, approved Wednesday near the end of the denomination's annual meeting, acknowledges a rise in global temperatures. But it rejects government-mandated limits on carbon-dioxide and other emissions as "very dangerous" because they might not make much difference and could lead to "major economic hardships" worldwide...

Here's the rest of this report from the International Herald Tribune. But as you read it, please note this observation from E. Calvin Beisner, the National Spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. Writes Dr. Beisner, "Notice how the media frequently refer to the Evangelical Climate Initiative as signed by 86 evangelical leaders but ignore the facts that its signers lacked relevant expertise and that the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance's (now Cornwall Alliance's) "Call to Truth" was signed by far more leaders, including scores with relevant expertise in science and economics? This is how the media spin the news."