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A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions Hardcover – October 29, 2009

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"In the midst of one of the most heated debates of my lifetime, there are some voices that offer calm and respectful insight to people of faith. Balancing passion with civility, Hayhoe and Farley speak with such a voice. No matter what you believe about climate change's causes or effects, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE will challenge you to think critically about both the issue and your responsibility to respond."―Jonathan Merritt, faith and culture writer, national spokesperson, Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative

"As Christians committed to the truth in both science and faith, Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley present a compelling case for why addressing climate change is a part of what it means to be a Christian today."―Larry J. Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and author of Last Chance

"This engaging book has everything you need to understand the climate change debate: facts, answers, stories, and of course Scripture. It will inform the merely curious or answer the skeptic or equip the person who wants to fix the problem. I loved it!"―Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor, Northland: A Church Distributed, Orlando, Florida

"Yes, Lord! A scientist and a pastor writing a book together about faith and global warming! How cool is that? What a beautiful sign of the times we are living in. A whole movement of Christians are convinced that our faith in the God of heaven has to affect the way we live on this earth. May this book continue to move us closer to God's dream for the world."―Shane Claiborne, author and activist

"Climate scientists are best able to tell us if, how, and why Earth's climate is changing. Ethicists and religious scholars and leaders are best able to tell us how we should respond to the knowledge that science provides. Authored by a climate scientist and a religious leader, this book provides a unique perspective on Christian responses to the findings of climate science. Anyone who is open to messages from both science and Christian Scriptures will be struck by the insight and synthesis of this remarkable author team. With clarity unusual in science reports and impeccable logic, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE is a compelling call to action."―James J. McCarthy, Agassiz Professor of Oceanography, Harvard University, and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

"This is a book all Christians should read. It makes the science, the issues, and even the misunderstandings come alive. Christians need to help in the fight against climate change and its effects. Jesus calls Christians to serve 'the least of these'-the poor and oppressed of the developing world-who are most affected by climate change. This book is a compelling call to action for any Christian who cares about the issues our world is facing today. And that should be all of us."―Dean Hirsch, president, World Vision International

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UPDATE! Our book is currently out of print because we requested and received our rights back from our publisher so we could update and release a second edition.

We'll be fixing pesky errors, updating data and figures, and adding more discussion on both the theology and the practical actions we can take to address this important issue.

So please stay tuned, it WILL be back online and in print by early 2015.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (October 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446549568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446549561
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Mosher on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The faith in the "faith-based decisions" of the title is narrowly cast as the religion of American Christians who favor a literal interpretation of the Bible. Hayhoe and Farley stake out their territory early -- "We don't worship the earth. We worship the Creator of the universe." However, they also proclaim that they "believe in common sense," and that's where they make a valuable contribution toward bringing current climate science into the average person's living room. Instead of arguing about whether the earth is only a few thousand years old or billions, they look at the scientific evidence for global warming and counter some popular misconceptions about what the studies actually show and where areas of uncertainty remain. The book's largish print, punchy sentences, and full color charts keep the technical information accessible and help readers understand that disagreement among scientists about the details - such as why northern ice caps are melting faster than expected -- doesn't mean there is gross disagreement about the general arc of climate trends. And for the reader who remains unconvinced of the reality of global warming, they suggest a medical analogy: If your doctor said you had symptoms of early signs of a serious illness, wouldn't you want to do what you could to prevent the full onset of that illness?

Much environmental advocacy stops there and says, in effect, humans made the mess, so we are obligated to clean it up. That's not a very inspiring or motivating message. Hayhoe and Farley take a different tactic, one that could be emulated by any faith community using the language of its own holy teachings. They base their call for action not on the guilty conscience of the materialistic West, but on the need for compassion.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a scientist who had the pleasure of reviewing this book as it went to press. Written by a climate scientist and an evangelical pastor, "A Climate for Change" clearly explains the science and the urgency of global warming in a way that I hope will resonate with Christian readers.

The book makes it clear that global warming is a scientific reality, not something driven by a political agenda. Furthermore, the authors drive home the point that doing something about global warming is "a step in the direction of caring for people". Quite simply, fighting global warming is the right thing to do.

I hope this well written, visually appealing and morally powerful book reaches a wide audience.
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This is a good resource for information about what we can know about global warming and it's likely causes, presented in simple, straightforward terms, and interspersed with a solid biblical basis for why we should educate ourselves and why we should care. Basic historical, ecological, and geological data are presented and compared by a qualified scientist and evangelical pastor; the current state of consensus is presented; and predictions of 10 or 20 years ago are compared to actual changes and to updated predictions of the past few years.

If you really want to respond to this issue as a Christian (and you MUST), this book gives you the information you need to help choose a Christian response. Also a good resource for discussing these issues with family members and those Christians you know who still don't buy the idea that humans might actually be destroying the incredible gift God gave us to live on.

Highly recommended.

Two criticisms: 1) they seem to spend more time than is necessary in hammering home the main points, sometimes referencing backup data more again. As an engineer and scientist, this may just be my impatience to get to the conclusions/recommendations once I'm on board with the facts and statistics, so someone less knowledgable of the background info provided may not find it repetitive. 2) I really wanted to get to the 'how do we respond' bit, but this part turned out to be a bit weak. Yes, it lists a lot of things an individual or family can do, but not much sound theological reasons for any of them, and a bit of a "if you do anything, it's better than nothing" kind of recommendation. Still, the info is there for anyone who really wants to use it.
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The National Centre for Science Education, on its website, requests donations of items for its library and resources, including this book "A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions" (why they want it is a question I don't know the answer to; they also want Willian Dembski's book "The End of Christianity").

While I was purchasing this book for the NCSE, I decided to also buy a Kindle version for myself, to see what the authors' take on climate change is.

It starts off well, with an evocative description of the effects climate change are having on the Inuit. I was a little bemused that it actually even mentions the question whether the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, or whether God just created it 10,000 years ago to look old (with also the current ice age apparently lasting 3 million years, including 50 or so glaciations and 50 or so interglacial periods-including the current one we are living in) and the constant quotation of Scripture to justify their views.

I give it 3 stars; worth reading, but not worth reading again. It's a bit better than Ian Plimer's "Heaven and Earth", which I gave 2 stars (which in my rating system means that I found it difficult to finish), because it was badly written and grossly inaccurate in the science (see my review of it for examples; I initially was highlighting all the errors in it until the memory on my iPad for highlights gave out less than a third of the way into the book, and the Kindle App kept on crashing).

At least "A Climate for Change" doesn't have the same number of science errors (but only because it's actually 'science light').
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