Re: Christian environmental concern

Russ Maatman (
Thu, 20 Jun 1996 20:05:56 -0500 (CDT)

To the ASA group:

It bothers me that we must always accept the "What if it is as bad
as the pessimists say" argument, for if we don't then down the road,
when it is too late, we'll be sorry.

If that really is the case, then of course there is no argument. There
cannot be two sides. In fact, even the mild pessimist has to give way
to the worst-case pessimist.

If, however, the people who alter the data in order to arrive at a
conclusion not warranted by the prestigious report (to which I referred),
then someone's improper agenda is being furthered.

I'll make a suggestion. One of the best, even-handed, Christian reports
I have seen is that by the Christianity Today Institute in the Christianity
Today issue of October 3, 1994. Title: "Are People the Problem?" It's
about the much-talked-about population explosion, closely related to
the environmental things we have been talking about. My suggestion:
Get this report, which is long (15 pages), and see if you don't change
your mind about a few things you've heard in the environmental discussion.

Dean, of course I believe we should live conservation-conscious lives.
That is common--I hope we can say Christian--sense. But the issue is
what scenario for the future has the most credibility.

In the Lord,



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