Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

I was recently informed about the Cornwall Alliance and thought I would share it with the blog's readers. I haven't yet had time to read all of the material there, but so far it looks like a very good place to find information about a Biblical view of our stewardship of Creation as well as about such issues as global warming and climate change. Among the documents available there are:

1) The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship. This document was signed by such notable Christan leaders as R.C. Sproul and D. James Kennedy.

2) A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming. This document was written in response to the Evangelical Climate Initiative’s “Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action.” In particular, it gives a detailed response to four assumptions made by the "Call to Action:"

Human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as we burn fuels for energy are the main cause of global warming.

Global warming is not only real (which we do not contest) but is almost certainly going to be catastrophic in its consequences for humanity–especially the poor.

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions would so curtail global warming as to significantly reduce its anticipated harmful effects.

Mandatory carbon dioxide emissions reductions would achieve that end with overall effects that would be more beneficial than harmful to humanity and the rest of the world’s inhabitants.

3) An Open Letter to the Signers of “Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action”and Others Concerned About Global Warming. This letter includes the endorsements of such men as D.A. Carson, D. James Kennedy, Robert Reymond, and David Wells. You will notice that this document refers to the Cornwall Alliance by its earlier name, the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance.

4) An Examination of the Scientific, Ethical and Theological Implications of Climate Change Policy. This document actually includes three articles: "Global warming: How much of a threat?" by Roy W. Spencer; "Global Warming and the Poor" by Paul K. Driessen; and "Biblical Principles for Environmental Stewardship" by E. Calvin Beisner, PhD.

You can also check out the Cornwall Alliance blog. It is my hope that this resource will be an aid to all of us as we seek to formulate a thoroughly Biblical and knowledgeable response to the current issues that face us all.

As always, I am interested in your comments.

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