The Green Dragon: Anti-Environmentalism Reaches a New Low
“The battle is not primarily political or material, it is spiritual.”
Where does one begin with a video that is so willfully obtuse? This is yet another example of a Christian trying to obfuscate the issue at hand by either substituting “knowledge” for “belief” or making the two coterminous.
Notice who the “experts” are in this video? Did you notice any scientists? Oh yeah, that second gentleman Dr. E. Calvin Beisner? You can check out his “scientific” credentials HERE. Quick hint for those that do not want to click the link. Put on your surprise faces: he has none.
At least he has the jacket though!
My primary issue with this video, and Creation ‘stewards’ like the Cornwall Alliance, is that they have a lot of theologians, pastors, and people who work with family value groups, but… where are the scientists?!?
We have talked about this before. What is happening in the above video is a form of encouraging non-thinking. If you can convince someone that you represent science (of course, without examining or testing) and then you follow that by bait-and switching the issue, “It’s not a material issue, it’s spiritual,” then that person does not have to examine any of the evidence relating to the topic.
Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, Christian “thinkers”: if you are going to make any sort of argument against science or humanism, please do not make the issue so infantile that it is nothing more than, “Your science is an enemy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, therefore, false.”
Examine the evidence. Do experiments that are built on solid hypotheses, observable, repeatable, and sustainable under peer-review! Merely, encouraging non-thinking and trying to strengthen some sort of deductive shield around a literal metanarrative is foolish and counter-productive.
If this blog of silliness can do any good whatsoever, if even for just one person, I beg you to consider when someone says to you, “there is absolutely no evidence…” or “It’s not a scientific issue, it’s a spiritual issue…” and then encourages you to not examine the actual evidence, that you will be very, very suspicious of them, and take every argument they have and promote with a large, massive dose of skepticism.
Please, ask them what experiments they have conducted, what journals they have read, and how they have tested their own hypotheses and surrendered them to be investigated by the scientific community. If they can’t answer that then they are regurgitating something they heard to either establish a “belief” or to sound smart (but often the opposite happens). Please: run away.
If you actually ever want to read about science start with actual scientists (revolutionary, I know): National Academy of Sciences, or The American Association for the Advancement of Science might be good places to start. Google Books probably has more resources than you could tackle in this life. I will not say what you will find one way or the other, perhaps the science on climate destabilization is faulty, but at least look at the science, please, before you tell me it’s a spiritual issue.