In Bill Moyers’ recent show “Climate Change — Faith and Fact” he interviews someone who is trying to bridge the gap between ignorance and knowledge amongst the Evangelical Christian community, while being one herself.
I don’t truly know how to feel about this. Personally, it makes me think of band-aids. Instead of actually fixing the problem by keeping mainstream media, politicians, corporations, industry, and alleged “leaders” of faith accountable, this is an approach - albeit a seemingly positive and forward-thinking one - to essentially solve it with a psychological band-aid.
By suggesting, “oh, well, if the biblical “God” of the Christian scriptures is whom you believe, then wouldn’t he want you to do all you could to protect all life on Earth and take action on our steps to mitigate carbon emissions?” you’re not actually helping those people discern between fact and fiction, reality vs fantasy, but aiding in their psychosis.
To me, it seems more like a way to navigate around the bigger issues: scientific illiteracy; and a more engaging approach regarding how we educate children (and adults), the communication of science in general, teaching proper history, and critical thinking.
Synopsis from Bill Moyers’ website:
The latest in a string of dire reports on climate change came this week from the United Nations’ meteorological advisory body, which said that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, due to a “surge” in carbon dioxide, prompting fears of an accelerated warming of the planet.
A majority of Americans think global warming is real and that human activity’s a factor, believing in the science behind reports on climate change. But some two-thirds of white evangelical Christians aren’t convinced.
In the face of those who use religion to deny the worldwide crisis of climate change, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, believes that her faith is compatible with science. This week she speaks to Bill about ending the gridlock between politics, science and faith in order to find solutions to the widespread threats associated with global warming.
“…The New Testament talks about how faith is the evidence of things not seen,” says Hayhoe, who was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. “By definition, science is the evidence of things that are seen, that can be observed, that are quantifiable. And so that’s why I see faith and science as two sides of the same coin.”
Oh, and the above quote is absolute garbage. Sorry, not sorry…
(1.) the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
(2.) a systematically organized body of knowledge on a particular subject.
(3.) knowledge covering general truths of the operation of general laws, esp. as obtained and tested through scientific method [and] concerned with the physical world.
No, Mrs. Hayhoe…BY DEFINITION, science is not “the evidence of things that are seen…" because your definition of "seen" needs some work.