Among the more intriguing developments on the religious and political landscape in the past five or six years is the increasing concern for our deteriorating environment among evangelical Christians, especially young evangelical Christians. The Rev. Dr. David Gushee, director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, charts his own involvement in this movement in a thoughtful essay for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard University Medical Center.
Be sure to read his three hypotheses on why greater progress has not been made in curbing human contributions to global warming. First among these: the power of corporate sponsored propaganda to cast doubt on sound science. And, as if by divine providence, the Heartland Institute has provided us with Exhibit A, a billboard in Chicago likening those who believe that human activity contributes to global warming to the Unabomber. Dan Satterfield has the story of the billboard, which has since been taken down.