Creationism and Climate Change

What do creationism and climate-change skepticism have in common?

A lot, according to the leading young-earth creationist organization Answers In Genesis.

This morning we see an argument from AiG’s Elizabeth Mitchell about the dangers of climate-change science.  Dr. Mitchell is responding to the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Why do Christian creationists care about climate change?

Dr. Mitchell’s essay offers a few ideas.

First, Mitchell warns that climate-change science is based on “dubious sources.”  She asks if mainstream climate-change scientists might build their case on mistaken assumptions.  Skepticism about evolutionary science, it seems, bleeds over into suspicion of all mainstream science.  If mainstream science has been proven, from creationists’ perspective, to be a naked emperor, then its conclusions on every topic must be treated warily.

Second, young-earth creationists are committed to the idea of a young earth and, for many, a catastrophic global flood.  Arguments about the changing climate from outside the circle of young-earth creationists assume a much older earth.  Climate-change science must rest on such assumptions.  Young-earth creationists, then, have a keen interest in making climate arguments that insist on a short lifespan and a global cataclysmic flood.

Finally, we see an important difference in the issues of evolution and climate-change.  Dr. Mitchell, at least, takes a much more irenic position toward Christians who DO agree with the mainstream science of climate change.

Christians, Mitchell argues, must weigh the evidence and make up their minds about the science of climate change.  It does not do violence to scripture, she implies, to believe the mainstream science on this issue.  The most important issue, Mitchell concludes, is that

Whatever position a Christian citizen chooses to take, he or she needs to understand the present in the true light of biblically documented, scientifically affirmed history rather than uniformitarian assumptions about the earth’s past—and future.

 

 

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  1. I did a post on this a while back: http://leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/what-fundamentalists-believe-about-global-warming/.

    It’s also remarkably common for these two beliefs (creationism and anti-climate science) to come in a package with New World Order conspiracy theories. When I have some time I’m going to write more about that. Premillennial dispensationalists often believe that the Antichrist will attempt to bring about one-world government shortly before the rapture, and we often see those beliefs crossing over and interbreeding with Illuminati/Freemasonry/Council of Foreign Relations conspiracy theories. Tim LaHaye, John Hagee, Pat Robertson, and Rushdoony are among those who have written/spoken extensively on the subject.

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    • Thanks for the link. Also, I meant to include a note that creationism-watchers such as the folks at the National Center for Science Education have long warned about the growing connections between climate-change-denialism and evolution denialism. Glenn Branch of the NCSE has a recent column calling climate change the “second front.”

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  2. AL, hope you are doing well. Did you see that 30+ teabagger republicans have shutdown our government? The awesome power of anti-intellectualism is the common basis here… if you need that clue profs’r 🙂

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  3. mlshatto

     /  October 1, 2013

    My latest blog post dealt with countering some of the theology used to support climate change denial. Here’s the link: http://singingwithcrows.blogspot.com/2013/09/so-whats-christian-to-do.html And thanks for the links in the comments above. I’m about to go check them out.

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