Monday, February 02, 2015

can softheaded yahoos and dingalings be scholastically maneuvered through their cognitive bottlenecks?


newrepublic |  Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a recent address to the Senate. “The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think they are so powerful they can change climate. Man can’t change climate.” Inhofe has been arguing for years that only God and His natural worksnot the activities of humankindcan affect the climate. "[M]y point is, God's still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous," he said in a 2012 address given to a Voice of Christian Youth America radio program. And in his theological belief that the environment is outside of humanity’s control, Inhofe is not alone.

For evangelical Protestants, accepting climate change but attributing it to God’s direct or indirect intervention, rather than human activity, appears to be the new party line, despite the efforts of evangelical climate scientists like Katharine Hayhoe. Recent polls suggest evangelicals are more likely than any other religious cohort to chalk worsening natural disasters up to the apocalypse, instead of human impacts on the environment.

8 comments:

Dale Asberry said...

I suspect that's when we'll need to put our manliness training to good use :-/

CNu said...

Musical chairs on the deck of the Titanic has been in full swing for some time now. Why you've got shows like doomsday preppers etc.., on teevee. But more interesting to me, have been phenomena like the LDS (arguably the most sophisticated collective security club CSC in America) shedding 1.7 million members over the past several years, notwithstanding the big bold writing in plain view on the wall. https://www.watchman.org/blog/index.php/category/mormonism/page/2/

Like the Nation of Islam, Mormonism requires some pretty staggering levels of disbelief suspension and stupid acceptance - but it's otherwise so well organized and prosperous. Islam has been made out to be the collective security club for the global dispossessed and anyone in sympathy with the same. I chose roamin catholicism as CSC - because of long familiarity with its dogma, litany, etc.., so nothing jarring - and because under the Jesuitical sway, it can actually coexist with a learned and scientific POV.

John Kurman said...

Humans are a natural creation further endowed with a divine will. Who is to say humanity is not the Almighty's chosen agency to affect the climate? Only cynical venal blasphemers like Inhofe, unable to adhere to the tenets of their faith.

CNu said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa..., there Nelly! Slowly and carefully walk that notion back to wherever it came from. Gettin dangerously close to doctrinal dispute and the last thing we need now is for any of these puddinhaids to get caught up in the minutiae of splitting hairs on questions of faith!

CNu said...

So mote it be...,
http://youtu.be/hLNGt0AqUak

John Kurman said...

What say we all have a meetup after the #Apocalypse, fellows?

John Kurman said...

Tribes within tribes, nested and other arrangements. 20 inches of snow today, and it wasn't Randian paradise of vampires and sluts. It was people helping.
And BD's heart grew three sizes that day.

BigDonOne said...

Chalk up a couple more N-1 Victims here....

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