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

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

by Katharine Hayhoe, Andrew Farley

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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)

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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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Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
PoeBro More than 1 year ago
Suffers theologically from the adherence to Biblical literalism but does a good job of explaining enviromental systems.
freemiki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a clearly written and fairly concise book. I read it mainly to get a few clues on how to speak to people that don't believe any scientific evidence surrounding global warming. I don't know that this book helped me in that regard, but I think it would be an excellent book for high school students. The science is not very involved, and the religious/faith based aspect of the book (stewardship of the earth), really is just good citizenship. The insert with charts and pictures is helpful and interesting, but the lack of footnotes is puzzling. A good effort, but I was hoping for more.
emvuu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An informing book. A Christian perspective is not quite my cup of tea but I did rather like its in take whole heartedly.
gabriel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are a fair number of admirable things about this book, but it ultimately disappoints. To their credit, the authors addresss critiques squarely and with a fair mind. They also engage with the theological background in a substantive manner. The scientific background is presented clearly and without bias, so far as I could see.However, the book is written a little too breezily, failing to move from anecdote to serious analysis when needed. On some of the scientific issues discussed, more detail would have been appreciated.The weakest part of the book, however, is its analysis of the theology pertaining to environmental stewardship. Farley argues that the world will be destroyed at the last judgement, leaving concern for the environment purely instrumental, a means of caring for other people solely. It's an odd perspective for such a book as this, and in tension with more nuanced perspectives on the New Jerusalem, the whole creation renewed advanced by people such as N.T. Wright.
VickiLN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.The Sections of the book are:PrefaceIntroduction: Christians and Climate ChangeNext comes five parts, each with 4-6 chaptersPart One: What's Going On?Part Two: CausesPart Three: DoubtsPart Four: EffectsPart Five" ChoicesThere are also pictures and graphs with a paragraph explaining what you are looking at and quotes from various people.This is a Christian based book and has some scripture references included. It is easy to read, only 157 pages with the remaining 49 devoted to the epilogue, further reading, discussion questions, sources and finally About The Author.I learned some interesting facts about the earth, animals and sea. I initially wanted this book to learn facts about how our planet is changing...the receding seas, changes in weather etc. What I learned is so much more. This was a fascinating book and was easier to read than other global warming books I've read. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the planet, not just because of global warming, but because it is our home, we should take care of it.
dunyazade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. Hayhoe¿s research on the possible effects of global warming paints a dismal picture of the potential suffering that billions of the world¿s poorest could face. The obligation on Christians, they argue, is to stop being ignorant or indifferent about climate change and to act, even if it¿s in just some small way: ¿Doing something, anything, about climate change is a step in the direction of caring for people.¿ The book offers a very lean menu of suggested actions ¿ use less heat and electricity, swap out incandescent bulbs for fluorescents, take your own shopping bags to the store, replace worn-out appliances and cars with more efficient models. The reader who has become motivated to act may be disappointed that more ideas aren¿t offered, but additional resources for environmentally smart living are listed in the back of the book. For the final contrarian holdouts, the book concludes with reasons why efforts to slow the effects of climate change do not have to be expensive, anti-development, destructive to the economy, or dependent on technology that hasn¿t been invented yet. True global warming skeptics probably would never make it to those final pages, but the arguments may be helpful to readers seeking a way to justify to their friends why they¿ve started lightening their footprint on the earth.I give extra points for the discussion questions in the back that make this a potential small group study aid. Also, to keep the flow of the text clean, the authors avoided footnotes and endnotes, but readers who want to know more will find all their sources listed at the end of the book, including dozens of current scientific articles.
SadieGrace94 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book through the LT early reviewers program.Before I could even begin reading this book, the "climategate" story broke. And, unfortunately, the acceptance of global warming or, the more recent label, climate change, as "settled science," made it difficult to take it seriously. Their answer to the question, "Don't scientists disagree whether climate change is currently happening and whether it is being caused and/or exacerbated by human actions?" is "No, they don't." Yet, even among the very scientists that make up the IPCC, there was disagreement --this could be discovered easily even before the most recent news.I think people that want to see things change would get a fairer hearing if they would acknowledge that there is disagreement and nuance to this issue.
cammie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The jacket blurb for A Climate for Change by Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley states: "For all the talk about climate change, there's still a great deal about what it all means, especially for Christians. ...[This book] offers straightforward answers to these questions, without the spin. This book untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming." I thought it sounded OK from that, although I questioned the "especially for Christians" part. This book is written for a very narrow slice of Christianity that is skeptical about science in general. As someone who does not fit in that category, I bristled a bit at some of the assumptions in this book about "Christianity". In this book, the term apparently only applies to biblical literalists. I scratch my head in bewilderment at the divisions between science and religion in that brand of Christianity. So, for starters, I'll state up front, I'm definintely not the target audience for this book. I don't need to be convinced that there science and faith can co-exist. As for the scientific parts of this book, it's much as you will find elsewhere on the topic of global climate change and I have no exceptions to take with the presentation of the material. But, since I've read other books on the topic, it seemed like a re-hash of what I've already read. Considering that the authors don't think their audience knows those facts, it wouldn't be a repeat. Given that, I think the book gives a good overview of the scientific data without getting too bogged down in statistics, and the authors keep the level of detail at an appropriate level for an audience with no prior knowledge of the data. I was disappointed in the faith-based portions of this book. After I realized that this book was meant for Biblical literalists, I expected a lot more Biblical citation regarding theological reasons for stewardship of God's creation. I thought that the book was light on that matter and would have expected more theological discussion. Perhaps that, too, is appropriate to the author's target audience. I wouldn't say that this book is bad; it just was something different than what I expected from the description of the book when I requested it through the LT Early Reviewers program. Others who have the same theological perspective as the authors may find this book useful for learning about the issues involved in climate change and it may challenge them to think about how decisions -- scientific and political -- because of climate issues may be influenced by their faith.
pomorev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually have a bit of a backlog on books I'm supposed to be reviewing. But when A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith Based Decisions (Katharine HayHoe, Andrew Farley, Faith Words, 2009) arrived, I had to take a gander. In fact I had to read the whole thing. The first 3/4s, or more, of the book is an apologetic for climate change, specifically that climate change is happening and that humans are the source. This part is ok, except that the quotes that start off a chapter usually have much more depth than the chapters themselves. I chalked this up to how volatile this debate has become South of the border (in the United States), and how careful the authors wanted to be. Unfortunately, nowhere in the book does it state that we need the Earth and not the other way around. I suppose such a fact would not sit well with the intended audience of this book. But knowing that is my bias, it is not surprising that the last few chapters made me want to throw the book at the wall. If you spend that much time outlining a real problem then you would think you could at least propose a stewardship approach (even though I am convinced stewardship is not near an adequate response to the ecological crisis we are facing.) Actually, the response section begins with an affirmation of the pessimistic claim that God will yank us out of here anyway, or at least destroy the Earth and create something new. They even quote Revelation, but not the parts about the new coming down to the old or that God will return to destroy those who destroy the earth. So after discounting the possibility that anything we could ever do to respond to the ecological crisis is useless, they propose another reason. It makes a good witness??? Actually, I think if you motivation is to look good to maybe win people - is that not hypocritical? Seriously, if I got excited about Jesus through someone doing something they didn't believe in I think I'd probably not be too excited about that person's religion when I figured it out. This is what I would call a bad witness. Color me frustrated at this point.They actually end on a good point. It is true that none of us can do it all. And the best place to start is with small steps having the goal of changing our lifestyle (especially our dependence on non-renewable sources of energy). And for all I complained about lack of depth, the chapters do cover off the majority of falsehoods I've heard from folks who deny the ecological crisis. Not sure how convincing their arguments are, I was convinced from the beginning. And the quotes, many of them are really good.I'm not sure I could recommend this book. I really want to. This is an area that evangelicals really need to think deeply about. But I would want a response that includes faithfulness to God, particularly God's love for this whole world. I want something that challenges anthropocentrism, the arrogance of our species. And if this is part of our witness, and I believe it should be, then I want something that engages the issue on the issues terms, not as a smokescreen for evangelistic motives with no real desire to make a real difference for our planet. Bottom line is, we screwed this planet up, we can't fix it (despite a few hints in this book that there is still time to fix the problems, they waffled on this point though) but we have to do something, if for no other reason, the ones who suffer the most are the ones least able to do anything about climate change. But, I'd add, that as Christian we also need to have hope that through God we can do more than is humanly possible and maybe through God's grace give our kids a planet that will be livable.
enoch_elijah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know exactly what I expected to discover in reading this book but I came away somewhat disappointed with it. The authors, Katherine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley, begin by identifying themselves as Christians with a biblical worldview, purporting to have written a book that addresses the issue of global warming without any political agenda.Unfortunately this is a bit misleading since throughout the book they declare the importance of educating ourselves about the dire consequences we face with global warming and how the only real solution is to institute "cap and trade" legislation and begin reducing our dependance on fossil fuels. On this latter point I wholeheartely agree, but not because of the imminent natural catastrophe supposedly facing us but because of the real danger from the Islamic nations that mostly control the majority of the earth's oil reserves. To be fair to the authors, their final two chapters do a decent job of providing simple and effective steps we can take to do our little part in being conscious of our environment. They even bring attention to God's command that we are to be stewards of the earth, and base their activism on this. I agree, but recent developments regarding the duplicity of the environmental movement make me take the research they provide with a grain of salt. Frankly, had they written this book mainly about our Christian reponsibility to the planet which God has given us dominion over, I would have been more enthused. As it is written, however, I cannot fully recommend this book
xaglen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is mostly a summary of the evidence for climate change presented at a lay level. In that respect, it does well. The explanations about why common objections to global warming don't work are clear and accessible. I was a little frustrated because the book is well-researched but lacks footnotes or endnotes. There's simply a listing of sources used in each chapter. This was probably the publisher's decision and so it makes me feel sorry for the authors. Their book would be much better if specific claims were linked to specific sources.One of the highlights for me was the color insert filled with charts and photos. Extremely well-done.It's very unfortunate that this book went to press before ClimateGate. There are a few places the authors could have addressed the issue very naturally, and so the absence of an explanation is jarring. Again, it makes me feel sorry for the authors. Poor timing.I'm almost always frustrated with the "how should we respond" sections of most books, and this one was no exception. It was par for the course.The book is solid overall, especially the explanations of the science behind climate change.
Nickelini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes a straightforward look at all of the evidence for climate change in a clear and simple voice. The authors include charts, illustrations and lists of further reading. It is written specifically for the reader who is resistant to accepting that climate change is happening, and is specifically focused on Christians who are struggling with it (although non-Christian readers can easily skim over those parts and still get a lot out of this book). As I am not part of their target audience, I don't know how convincing their argument is . . . I'm not sure if this rational approach will convince anyone who irrationally denies climate change. I also don't see how climate change denial has anything to do with Christianity--I think most of the earth's two million Christians are fairly logical when it comes to science, and it's only at tiny portion who deny climate change. The authors go through a series of the most common "Christian" objections, and it is clear that each one is based on an imperialistic, conservative concern, and not one of the concerns actually has anything to do with Christianity (examples: bad for the economy, anti-progress, expense). The authors discuss--but come to no conclusion about the part of the Bible where it says that God gave humans dominion over all living things and how some people read this as a call for stewardship and love for the planet, and others think it means we have carte blanche to do whatever we want. I'm disappointed that they walk away from this part of the discussion without saying that someone who thinks climate change doesn't matter because God gave us his blessing to pollute and destroy the planet has got a pretty twisted idea of Christianity. Readers who can put two and two together will see that there is no Christian (or scientific) basis for denying climate change, so if they want to continue along that path, they'll have to come up with some new justification. Recommended for the target audience, or someone who wants a clear and simple outline of the evidence and issues of climate change (and can ignore the Christian part).
Osbaldistone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.Os.(LT early reviewer)
mtessau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good but not great attempt to tap into Faith as a reason for supporting the climate change agenda. Scientific arguments are layed out in relatively laymen's terms with overlays of religious rationale for following the scienctific findings. There are not a lot of examples of how to change behaviors but mostly grand overtures for behavioral change based on being the morally right thing to do. This book did not necessarily impact my behavior as I tend towards the eco-friendly in most cases, but it was a good reinforcement of things I believe in and how we should treat the Earth for the sake of future generations. For me, it was a fairly non-controversial read on a highly polarizing subject.
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mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
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.