Would Jesus Accept Climate Science?
Climate change science is causing a schism of sorts among American Christians. On one side, you have Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and an Evangelical Christian, who educates the public on the dangers of climate change. And, on the other, you have Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance, who discounts climate science by calling it a bunch of alarmism.
With all this rhetoric going back and forth, what’s a Christian in the U.S. supposed to believe? Is climate science just a lot of alarmist junk cooked up by liberals in Washington? Or is there some truth to it?
Dr. Beisner’s Case Against Climate Change
In Beisner’s opinion, science today isn’t based on the moral grounding it should be. “Sometimes we talk about a society living on the moral capital of previous generations, but as that deteriorates you have that moral decay going on,” said Besiner in an interview for the New American. “I think we’re seeing that in the sciences and particularly in relation to climate science.”
He paints a picture of science, a once noble practice, being hijacked by a big-government agenda. The scientists who conclude that climate change is real and a serious problem, aren’t basing those conclusions on any “observations in the real world” or the “objective reality” that’s out there. They’re merely using this climate change science to further an agenda — an agenda that wants for some reason to make climate change an issue. And, yes, there is (of course) a comparison to be made with Nazi, Germany.
“In a world dominated by capitalism, climate change is a handy thing to come along,” said Beisner. “Climate change can be a reason for furthering a lot of the political ideals that we’ve had all along, but not been able to show a good rationale for.”
Beisner speaks in a measured, professor-like tone using fancy, intelligent-sounding phrases like “flight from logos” to mean illogical and “postmodern deconstructionism” to describe scientific findings that are baseless. As I listened to him spout these terms that are, quite honestly, a flight from logos in themselves, I could see why Cornwall Alliance’s funders want to make him the face of the organization. It’s rare to find a person who can compare climate scientists to mass-murdering Nazis and still be able to throw out terms like “postmodern deconstructionism.”
If you’re taken in by his big words and think that scientists only further government agendas, then Beisner may be your guy. But if you’re curious about all the droughts, wildfires, and powerful storms and want someone who can actually talk about the issue with you in a way that you can understand, maybe you should look elsewhere.