RE: [asa] Ecological and Environmental Ethics Conference CFP

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Wed Jan 21 2009 - 21:21:23 EST

On Wed, 21 Jan 2009, Dehler, Bernie wrote:

> "future prospects and/or eschatological outlooks"
> I think that's a big one, because I think the evangelical Christian community at large thinks the end-of-the-world is coming very soon, contrasted with scientists who think we could live on Earth for a few million years if we take care of this place. This is a massive divergence in future outlook. Does planning for the long-term future- a few million years in advance- demonstrate that one doesn't take the teachings of the Bible seriously? That is a good issue to struggle with, I think. Try explaining the possibility that humans may be around for a million years to Christians like Hal Lindsey, his followers, and other Christian leaders with the same idea (like all the preachers on TBN for one group?). RE: article about end-time preachers and their effect: .
> ...Bernie

I think that saying that some scientists think that the human race could
survive for millions of years is a far cry from saying that it will. Rare
events in earth's past have caused mass extinctions. Some species of
hominids have become extinct. Pandemics have caused significant declines
in the human population. There may be other dangers that noone has thought
of. Our present science is not adequate for predicting the future of the
human race.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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