Skip to comments.Southern Baptist leaders shift position on climate change
Posted on 03/10/2008 4:09:36 AM PDT by bd476
(CNN) Several prominent leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention said Monday that Baptists have a moral responsibility to combat climate change -- a major shift within a denomination that just last year cast doubt on human responsibility for global warming.
Forty-six influential members of the Southern Baptist Convention, including three of its last four presidents, criticized their denomination in a statement Monday for being "too timid" in confronting global warming.
"Our cautious response to these issues in the face of mounting evidence may be seen by the world as uncaring, reckless and ill-informed," the statement says. "We can do better."
The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, adopted a resolution last year urging Baptists to "proceed cautiously in the human-induced global warming debate in light of conflicting scientific research." The resolution said "many scientists reject the idea of catastrophic human-induced global warming."
On Monday, however, dozens of Southern Baptist leaders expressed a different view.
"There is general agreement among those engaged with this issue in the scientific community," their statement says. "A minority of sincere and respected scientists offer alternate causes for global climate change other than deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels."
The signatories pledged to do their part to fight global warming "without any further lingering over the basic reality of the problem or our responsibility to address it. Humans must be proactive and take responsibility for our contributions to climate change--big and small."
The signatories include Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention since 2006; James Merritt, president of the convention from 2000 to 2002 and Jack Graham, president of the convention from 2002 to 2004. The group posted the statement on its Web site...
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From the article:
"Humans must be proactive and take responsibility for our contributions to climate change--big and small."
With all due respect, what in the world?
Certainly the Southern Baptists did not write that government speak what-ever-that-was-supposed-to-be.
Attention all Baptists:While you are being “proactive”, make sure to keep your hands out of my pockets.
It's probably boilerplate text lifted straight from Agenda 21.
Tell it to Huckabee.
Head up his fundament....fundamentalist.....
Huckabee? Huckabee? Why does that name sound familiar? Oh yes, doesn't he believe that Satan and Baptists are brothers? Bwahahahaha! ;-)
well the official baptist position is to question AGW and they deserve credit for that
As always, with ANY human endeavor, when the facts don't add up, follow the money. This is especially true with the SBC.....
It's a little too late for that warning. They bought it, hook, line and sinker. There's not going to be much arguing with them about it now. Their collective minds are made up.
Uh...why are Southern Baptist leaders concerned about the Global Warm scam at all. Shouldn’t they be focused on saving souls rather than engaging in junk science politics?
I'm just astounded that they would adopt that nonsense speech pattern of liberal hacks.
Bahhhh! LOL! Yes, perhaps you'd better. ;-)
Leave it to the Baptists to be behind the curve on EVERYTHING.Has anyone thought to tell them about the invention of the electric light and printing press?
Cough, hack, throat clearing... okay, righto, gotcha. :-)
Always comforting to see that stupidity is non-denominational.
It’s really a struggle for parishioners. Too many are leaving the flock and joining the Gaians.
Maybe they needed just a bit more snow in Mississippi.
That was my first reaction too.
Why run if you are gonna say something like that. Too afraid to stay and discuss it?
It's a puzzle, that's for sure. If someone had asked me last week, I would have said that they'd be the last people to buy into it.
Immediately I think; What’s in it for these guys? What will be their gain?
"Hadacol was a patent medicine marketed as a vitamin supplement. Its principal attraction, however, was that it contained 12 percent alcohol. . . ."
Big seller in dry regions of the Border States and the South where beer and whiskey were not allowed. No one knew about that 12 percent thing -- or didn't care. It made them feel good.
The Federal Trade Commission complained that Hadacol's leeringly prurient ballyhoo ("The Hadacol boogie makes you boogie-woogie all the time") is "false, misleading and deceptive" in representing the nostrum as "an effective treatment and cure for scores of ailments and diseases."
Does just feeling good for awhile count?
Don't know why I thought of Hadacol. . . .
Virginia Ridgerunner: “Uh...why are Southern Baptist leaders concerned about the Global Warm scam at all.”
Good point. The Bible reveals the world is already scheduled for destruction and will be like an old, used up garment by the end times. Although we should use God’s creation responsibly, we should be about winning souls, not “fixing” this world.
Follow the money...
Yep, it doesn't seem like they arrived at a well thought out and logical conclusion if they were given all the facts and had time to review them.
Don’t bunch all Baptists under your blanket. I am a member of a BMA Baptist church that strongly opposes the “Man-Made Climate Change” myth.
The SBC goes through wild swings - from relatively conservative, to liberal, then usually has a swing back the other direction.
You can tell when real Bible-Believing men are in charge - and in this case - when they are not.
Nope, but I disagree with St. Paul on this and several other points. Fire away.
There are some good guys on that list. Also some very notable absences. Glad the absences abstained from getting involved in the propaganda.
Well it pains me to agree with you on that point because some of my dear ancestors and kinfolk were well placed in the aforementioned denomination.
However, in this particular case Cincinatus, I believe that you have hit the nail squarely on the head.
Disagree with the Apostle Paul and the Bible itself? That isn’t a good sign...
Picking and choosing what parts of the Bible are what we will believe, and those we will ignore is.... dangerous.
Don’t they have anything better to do?
Nothing, absolutely nothing is my guess. People want to feel they're doing the right thing. They were sold a bill of goods, snake oil, if you will, and they bought it.
You undiscerning, blind sheep! Falling for the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.
Luckily, St. Paul told us in his letters which parts were his own opinions and which were the Lord's directives.
Feel free to disagree with St. Paul's personal scribbling.
“Nope, but I disagree with St. Paul on this and several other points. Fire away.”
God doesn’t require our agreement, only our compliance. But he gave us free will to argue and wail about his laws.
Seems that like several others you’re just interested in taking cheap shots at Christians and not the actual news article.
It sure does count. That's an excellent point and a good example.
It's just sad that a very large, high profile, politically active, conservative group was led into this nonsense and that they now believe it.
Never trust anyone who uses the word ‘proactive’.
That's good, Blogger. We can count our blessings for those not in attendance. Maybe they'll convince the others.
That said it all. :-)
Looks like LEftist have infiltrated the Southern Baptists as well. Fight them. Don’t let them use this wedge issue to get a toehold.
Um...OK but between Huckabee and now this... I've had a belly-full of Baptists this past year with their floating crosses and grand ideas. Hey, I certainly agree Baptists like any other religion are free to believe whatever they want and to follow whichever Hucksters rocks their world. I'll just repeat my warning... keep your hands out of my pocket to pay for self-righteous good-deeds. Render your own coinage to Caesar - not mine.
It looks like the Southern Baptist leadership needs "adult supervision." They cannot recognize a hoax and fraudulent claim. This is not to say that we do not have a responsibility for responsible environmentalism. We do have a requirement to husband our resources, but accepting the scientifically UNSUPPORTED premise that mankind is responsible for global warming is sad indeed.
St. Paul's opinions are not God's laws.
"...cheap shots at Christians"
Only Baptists in this case. They bought into this stuff and thus open themselves to ridicule.
(FYI, I was raised in a Baptist church.)