Skip to comments.Testimony of David Barton (Evangelical to Senate on Global Warming)
Posted on 08/17/2007 10:26:40 PM PDT by uptoolate
In my experience, three factors influence how people of conservative religious faith, especially Evangelicals, approach the issue of man-caused Global Warming. The first is their theological view of man and the environment; the second is the perceived credibility of the scientific debate; and the third is how Evangelicals prioritize the issue of Global Warming among the other cultural and social issues of concern to them.
Concerning the first factor, a very accurate rendering of Evangelicals' general theological position on the environment is presented in the Cornwall Declaration,  prepared by twenty-five conservative Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish theologians. In general, conservative people of faith view the creation in Genesis as moving upward in an ascending spiritual hierarchy, beginning with the creation of the lowest (the inanimate) and moving toward the highest (the animate), with the creation of man and woman being the capstone of God¡¦s work. God placed man and woman over creation, not under it;  man and woman interacted with nature and the environment, they were not isolated from it.  As the Cornwall Declaration explains, there is no conservative theological basis for the current belief of environmentalists that humans [are] principally consumers and polluters rather than producers and stewards,¡¨ and that nature knows best, or that the earth, untouched by human hands is the ideal.  Religious conservatives believe just the opposite; and as my orthodox Jewish Rabbi friend reminded me just last week, the Scriptures teach conservation, not preservation. Man is the steward of nature and the environment and is definitely to tend and guard it, but it is to serve him, not vice versa.  From the beginning, God strongly warned against elevating nature and the environment over humans and their Creator.  This generally summarizes the theology common among Evangelicals on this point.
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