A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions

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Global warming: it's one of the hottest scientific and political issues of today. And yet we've all found ourselves asking . . .

- It's freezing outside—where's global warming now?
- Climate is always changing—how do we know this isn't just a cycle?
- Why should Christians care about global warming when we know the world won't end that way?

For all the talk about climate change, there's still a great deal of debate about what it all means, especially among Christians. A CLIMATE ...

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Overview

Global warming: it's one of the hottest scientific and political issues of today. And yet we've all found ourselves asking . . .

- It's freezing outside—where's global warming now?
- Climate is always changing—how do we know this isn't just a cycle?
- Why should Christians care about global warming when we know the world won't end that way?

For all the talk about climate change, there's still a great deal of debate about what it all means, especially among Christians. A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE offers straightforward answers to these questions, without the spin. This book untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Authored by a climate scientist and a pastor, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE boldly explores the role our Christian faith can play in guiding our opinions on this important global issue.

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Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Merritt
"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."
Dean Hirsch
"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."
president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federat Larry J. Schweiger
"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."
James J. McCarthy
"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."
author and activist Shane Claiborne
"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."
Dr. Joel C. Hunter
"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!"
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446549561
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 10/29/2009
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Hayhoe is a professor in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University and CEO of ATMOS Research, a scientific consulting company. She contributed her research to and served as Expert Reviewer for the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Katharine's work has been presented before the U.S. Congress, highlighted by state and federal agencies, and featured in over 200 newspapers and media outlets around the world.

Andrew Farley is the lead teaching pastor of Ecclesia (EcclesiaOnline.com) and co-hosts Real Life in Christ, a 30-minute program that airs every week on ABC-TV in the West Texas area. Andrew served as a professor at the University of Notre Dame for five years and is now a tenured professor at Texas Tech University. Andrew has coauthored three textbooks and more than a dozen journal articles. He is also the author of The Naked Gospel: The Truth You May Never Hear in Church.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Generally good info

    Suffers theologically from the adherence to Biblical literalism but does a good job of explaining enviromental systems.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Choosing to do nothing is the wrong choice...

    In a recent book, "A climate for change" authors Katherine and Andrew Hayhoe have a "quiz" on their books website. One of the questions says, "The Bible explicitly tells Christians that planet care is part of their calling." To which you are to choose between "Fact" or "Fiction."

    Which is a loaded question to begin with, to be sure. But let me save you from answering according to the authors it's a myth. [which I guess means 'fiction'] To site their proof-texting I give you a quote from chapter 21 of their book.

    1 Corinthians 6:12
    "Everything is permissible for me'- but not everything is beneficial"

    ".No condemnation. No guilt. No religious obligation. There are many gray areas with regard to how Christians "should" respond to things that the Bible does not directly address. Climate change falls into that category. Therefore, like any matter, it is incumbent on us to become aware of the issues at hand and then act as our hearts and minds lead us. This is true Christian
    freedom in action. If you decide you don't want to individually contribute to a solution to climate change, so be it. You are free in Christ to decide that. Conversely, if you as an individual decide to make decisions that help, that is great. You won't earn status points with God. But you will be doing something that benefits yourself and others along the way, a very tangible expression of God's love to others. Let's explore our freedom to choose a little further."

    And while I agree that the bible does not address climate change as well as other "gray area" subjects [i.e. sex before marriage, consuming alcohol, wearing ties to church] - that does not give us the right to "make up pour own mind."

    Our religious obligation is to care for creation. I think that mandate is somewhere in Genesis. For the authors to quote Paul - who is commenting on a popular Greek colloquialism of his day - is a huge misappropriation. A popular saying was "everything is permissible for me" it was used to wave away eating too much and having crazy sex. Paul comments in his own words, "but not everything is beneficial." And I would argue that choosing to "do nothing" about global care is not a benefit to the earth.

    God made the earth and said, "it is good." [check Genesis for me to make sure it's still there] so I don't think we have the right to "mess up" or even to even stand idly by and allow others to mess up that which God has made.

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