We are sick unto death of the endless failed predictions of global warming doom. Not climate change doom. Global warming doom. They promised global warming. Never let them forget that.
I wouldn’t have written anything, except I bring you good news. Atheists are evidently excused from pretending from, or in actually, worrying about global warming doom! These fine people have enough on their minds anyway, trying to figure out why they should live when all life is without meaning.
Bad news for people of The Book, though. Seems they’re stuck with caring that the temperature might, just might, soar by a tenth or two of a degree over the next century.
Or so implies a fellow named Jim Antal.
Now I have no idea who Jim Antal is. The Chicago Tribune doesn’t seem to know that much about him, either, though that esteemed paper saw fit to quote from Jim Antal often and earnestly. Filled a whole article with Jim Antal thoughts. “Do you believe in God? Then you have a moral duty to fight climate change, writes Jim Antal.”
Seems this Jim Antal wrote a book called Climate Church, Climate World. Must be a good book, too, because Jim Antal quoted “a Yale study” in it.
Want to know what that Yale study said in relation to global warming doom? Ask Jim Antal. He “thinks a central reason we have ignored global warming is because the problem is a ‘long emergency’ and overwhelming in scope. ‘(N)euroscientists tell us that our brains are not suited to respond appropriately to long-term threats such as climate change.'”
Yet Jim Antal didn’t ignore the long emergency of global warming. And we can guess Jim Antal has a brain. Since neuroscientists tell us our brains are not suited to respond appropriately to long-term threats such as climate change, and Jim Antal is responding appropriately, we can guess his brain is categorically different than the brains of ordinary men. Jim Antal was able to overcome the neurological deficits mundane men share and see beyond into the land of frightening futures that no human before was able to see until Jim Antal came along.
Perhaps Jim Antal should consider donating his brain to Yale. Assuming we survive global warming doom. Which we probably won’t since none of us can care about it, even though Jim Antal tells us we should care about it, because our brains are not suited to respond appropriately to long-term threats such as climate change!
Poor Jim Antal is fighting a losing battle.
The paper says the book subtitle is “How People of Faith Must Work for Change.” This is where atheists are let off the hook. But for the faithful, must is a strong word. And we ought to heed it because the paper says Jim Antal a “longtime Congregational pastor and activist.”
I can think of no better training for scolding Christians about the doom inherent in the flow of externally heated fluids on a rotating sphere than in being a longtime Congregational pastor and activist. Maybe Unitarian Universalists know a tad more about cloud parameterizations, but nobody beats an activist Congregational pastor on the subject of global ocean currents.
How about an extended Jim Antal quote?
“I believe that people of faith the world over have the capacity to determine the trajectory of our common future,” [Jim] Antal writes. “Here in America, if Christianity continues to emphasize personal salvation while ignoring collective salvation, if we continue to reduce the Creator to an anthropocentric projection who privileges and protects humanity, however alienated we may be from God’s created order, then the practice of religion will continue to diminish and it will add little to the redemption of creation.”
I can only suppose this sounds-like-paganism-earth-worship is the kind of thing activist longtime Congregational pastors say. I don’t know. I do know that if you put the collective salvation of humanity before your own, you won’t be able to help anybody else, salvationally speaking. You’d be like the passenger on the decompressing airplane helping others put on their masks before putting your own on.
Here, though, is something that Jim Antal says with which I am in perfect agreement: “Americans, [Jim Antal] believes, must reject and rethink ‘our insatiable desire for material growth, our uncompromising insistence on convenience, and our relentless addiction to mobility.'”
But I think this is best for spiritual reasons, not environmental ones.