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A Different Shade of Green: A Biblical Approach to Environmentalism and the Dominion Mandate Paperback – September 10, 2019
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"This book is another aspect of the life of Gordon Wilson, the part where he ponders big issues and communicates his conclusions in down-to-earth images.... I hope you enjoy his thoughts and conversation as much as I do." --N.D. Wilson, writer and director of The Riot and the Dance
"Gordon Wilson leads us on an expedition through the tangles of environmentalism. Being lost in these woods can cause frustration and confusion. Gordon reminds us that with the proper compass, it is possible to discover the heart of God and distinguish the forest from the trees. By journey's end, we are back on the trail and discovering the beauty and purposes of the Creator and the joy of stewarding His world. I look forward to letting my ecology students begin this quest for themselves." --Thomas D. Hennigan, Associate Professor of Ecology and Organism Biology at Truett McConnell University
From the Back Cover
- Publisher : Canon Press (September 10, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 204 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1947644572
- ISBN-13 : 978-1947644571
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.46 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #422,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm a strong Christian and loved the first 11 chapters. Really made me think completely about the dominion mandate and both sides view points. Then in chapter 12 it starts to go off the rails. Whether there is alternate options and scientific views doesn't change data. It continues into chapter 13 where i put the book down, specifically when he calls out subsidies. As if the fossil fuel industry doesn't receive subsidies. Additionally calling out that wind farms are an eye soar and it's one of the reasons they are so bad. I'm sorry but i really thought for once i was reading a non-political Christian book but i was wrong.
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The main offending chapter being chapter 12. Where - instead of being told that Earth's temperature has risen by 1.8 F (around 1 Celsius) since pre-industrial levels - we are informed (page 136) that ''there appears to be a slight warming of about 1.3 F over the last century''. He then suggests that because a Medieval Warm Period (probably not a global event) occurred there is ''considerable doubt that our greenhouse gas production ... is the main culprit for the slight rise in temperature''. He does not suggest an alternative culprit (and climatologists have failed to identify one). But, according to Dr Wilson, the correlation with warming temperatures ought to be stronger ie despite the rapidity of rising temperatures there was something of a hiatus between around 1998 and 2012. He adds that modelling is an 'extremely complicated affair' and when mentioning 'alarmists' claims that they often 'cherry-pick'. He also ignores the likelihood of positive feedback mechanisms and the warnings that if the problem is serious then urgent action to reduce emissions is needed ie the problem must not be put off. In a footnote on page 143 he claims, without citation, that ''dramatic sea level rise is very unlikely'' and that ''alarmist predictions have a very poor track record''.
I should point out the the American Dr Wilson (who is sound, measured and biblical on many of the issues his book discusses) is a conservative, fundamentalist, 'young earth' creationist with links to the apologist organisation 'Answers in Genesis' (headed by the unsound and rarely measured Ken Ham). The book, with its focus on Genesis 1:28 and what he calls the 'dominion mandate', is not obviously aimed at British Church of England types (like me). Thus on page 148 we are told that in Europe much of Christianity has become ''the secularist environmental agenda's lapdog''. And on page 153: ''I don't think climate change and overpopulation are real problems''.
The exercise in denial spills over into chapter 13. Ignoring the very high probability that without drastic emissions cuts global warming won't stop let alone go into reverse, on page 159 he refers, unbelievably and without citation, to the ''erroneous belief that reducing carbon emissions will halt climate change and save the earth's inhabitants''. And on page 161, after quoting from Deuteronomy 28, he refers to 'secular thinking' which factors 'God out of climate'. ''Do we really believe God is exhaustively in control of the environment?'' No - I don't. Even though God is 'sovereign'. Because of human power, human free will, and the sin that Wilson refers to on page 91 of his book. Deniers, including some who are more extreme than Wilson, often appear to attack the strawman that human-caused global warming means that the human race is now controlling the climate. We are not - rather we have unintentionally altered the atmosphere and thus the climate (but we cannot create or control weather events). But Earth's climate is altered in certain, largely predictable, ways that have shown themselves in recent trends that include more severe and prolonged heatwaves, worse droughts, worse flooding events, stronger hurricanes, less frequent 'cold waves', melting glaciers and sea level rise. Wilson's colleague Ken Ham misuses Genesis 8:22 to argue that the ongoing worldwide warming cannot be caused by human activities. Although the verse is a promise from God it is (apart from promising no further 'worldwide flood') a promise (which has been kept) that the seasons and day and night will never cease while Earth exists. In what way does the recent reality of human-caused ongoing global warming contradict Genesis 8:22?
I am left with the strong belief that people like Dr Wilson have a particular agenda when it comes to climate change - whether a personal religious fervour, a right wing political outlook, or a pro fossil fuel industry bias coupled with a strong economic aversion to the inconvenience of trying to get nations, companies and individuals (including professing Christians) to modify their behaviour even to slow down the rate of increase of human caused greenhouse gas emissions. Does Dr Wilson think that the planet's environment is the exclusive property of Christians of his persuasion? I don't think it is the exclusive property of anyone.
Aside from my concern about Dr Wilson's bias and complacency on climate change, I found the book's content interesting and very easy to read. I hope I have managed to offer similar content.