Interesting article by Bill McKibben in the latest issue of Orion on conservatives and climate change. McKibben notes the distinct difference between conservatism in its traditional form and libertarianism. He draws out the implications for the climate change debate.
McKibben writes: “I’m not a libertarian, because I think they’ve conflated ‘human nature’—their sense of the individual über alles—with the effects of the last couple hundred years of consumer society. I think humans are at their best when they’re social creatures; that’s why I’m a Methodist, not a Randian.”
Fascinating piece with implications, I think, beyond environmental ethics, whatever one might think of the climate change debate.
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About Russell Moore
Russell Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He formerly served as Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. Dr. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective (Crossway, 2004) and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Crossway, May 2009).
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