13 July 2009

Hope In God's Future - Climate Change

The Joint Public Issues team of the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church has published a report on climate change and CO2 emissions called 'Hope in God's Future'.

The report seems to be frustratingly difficult to access online. I can access it, but can't find a URL. If you Google 'Hope in God's Future', you will see a 'hit' for a pdf file of the report hosted on the Operation Noah website. This will open a pdf file containing the entire report. It occurs to me that the report ought to be easier to access online!

I understand, of course, that some people will be skeptical about the issue of CO2 and global warming. A glance at this report, however, should alleviate all accusations that comments made at Methodist Conference on CO2 pollution were ill-considered and off-the cuff. It should also address concerns that the church is jumping on a fashionable band-wagon and has not thoughtfully or intelligently investigated the science behind CO2 pollution.

The report also certainly addresses concerns that the Joint Public Issues Committee has not grounded its thinking in Christian theology but that, knowingly or unknowingly, it may have adopted pagan theologies of worshiping the creation rather than the creator.

The report also calmly and thoughtfully addresses the issue of confession and repentance. The report very clearly names CO2 pollution as 'sin', so it was not the ill-considered idea of a fanatical individual to use this term. The term 'sin' appears to have been the result of careful thinking by the committee who produced the report.

5 comments:

DaveW said...

Pam,

See the Methodist Conference reports page item 10.

The pdf of the report is Hope in God's Future

PamBG said...

Thanks, Dave. I don't know how to make links without a URL.

meghannesta said...

What an incredible resource! Thanks for posting this info. Couldn't agree more that the church needs to address climate change as a matter of creation care.

jay said...

CO2 pollution a 'sin'? Never thought of it that way. Maybe if we took on-board the word sin more often, rather than snigger or splutter or say that it is retro to real life, we might see our lifestyles and actions in a different life. It certainly brought me out of my complancancy of thought.

PamBG said...

loro, your post is being removed on the grounds that it's more of an advert than a comment.