Friday, January 19, 2007

"How come nobody's shouting theocrat?"

Jonah Goldberg at NRO asks whether this has inspired anyone to worry about theocracy? It does seem to involve Christians in an explicit call for political action. Or is this sort of thing only suspect when it helps conservatives?
A number of prominent scientists - including the well-known James Hansen, Judy Curry, Paul Epstein, and Rita Colwell — have joined with the National Association of Evangelicals to advocate for political action on climate change. They released a statement (PDF) yesterday which stated:
We believe that the protection of life on Earth is a profound moral imperative. It addresses without discrimination the interests of all humanity as well as the value of the non-human world. It requires a new moral awakening to a compelling demand, clearly articulated in Scripture and supported by science, that we must steward the natural world in order to preserve for ourselves and future generations a beautiful, rich, and healthful environment. For many of us, this is a religious obligation, rooted in our sense of gratitude for Creation and reverence for its Creator.
Of course Christians do need to work out how faith should inform political action. The question is whether they are right or not — not whether they have the right to speak. The danger arises when the church becomes captive to a secular political agenda, or, alternatively, advances its own without knowing what it's talking about — and this statement may fit one or both of those descriptions.

Source: - Prometheus: Kudos for Explicit Political Advocacy Archives

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