Finally, many wishing to combat a supposed anthropogenic global warming do so out of a concern for the poor. While we share and commend their concern for the poor, we are convinced that the scientific and economic evidence indicate that what the poor need more than combating a supposed manmade warming problem is help building their wealth and standard of living. They need access to technology for fighting disease, producing energy, sanitation and clean water. How many of them would forgo economic development and the reduced disease and longer lives and greater prosperity that come with it to fight global warming?

So, in preparing for the current and coming concern over supposed manmade global warming, let us care for the earth by using the current level of technological development, but invest in the science and technology to make better uses of the potentiality God has placed around us. We are called to dominion and stewardship, exercising dominion over creation in order to be good stewards of the resources God gave for our use. This is why we’ve endorsed the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance’s “A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming” (www.interfaithstewardship.org).


Michael R. Salazar is associate professor of chemistry at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. E. Calvin Beisner is associate professor of historical theology and social ethics at Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
More information on the debate and references of the scientific studies may be found at: www.uu.edu/dept/chemistry/salazar/

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