Re: [asa] Religious Groups Differ on Climate Change

From: William Hamilton <>
Date: Sat Apr 25 2009 - 16:28:03 EDT

I promised a review of Scafetta et. al.'s work on my blog. It's now

On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 9:21 AM, William Hamilton
<> wrote:
> I think it has something to do with the fact that many evangelicals
> have embraced conservative economics. Walter Williams, a conservative
> economist, has written about global warming:
> I don't know Williams religious persuasion. Other conservative
> economists generally deplore doomsday theories (e.g. Julian Simon
> Perhaps another factor is the belief that God is in control -- the
> world will end at  time of God's choosing, not before, not after (Matt
> 24:36)
> For my part I wouldn't call myself an AGW skeptic, but before we adopt
> government-mandated solutions that require massive adjustments and may
> lead to extreme poverty in many parts of the world, we'd better know
> what we're talking about. One series of papers that makes me wonder if
> IPCC has considered all the evidence may be found in the work of
> Nicola Scafetta and his colleagues.
> The IPCC's arguments seem to be
> based primarily on the increase of atmospheric CO2 in the past
> century. They discount the solar irradiance as a factor because it
> varies by only 0.1 percent.  However, Scafetta et. al. analyze the
> sun/earth heat propagation using stochastic resonance theory and find
> that there is indeed a resonance-like phenomenon that makes the solar
> contribution much greater than 0.1 percent. This does not negate
> global warming, but may establish that considerably more of it is due
> to solar irradiance than IPCC believes. Scafetta et. al.'s papers are
> not easy reading. However I have written a review that provides  a
> road map through them, a first draft of which I will be glad to email
> to anyone interested. (I'll put it on my blog as soon as I can get
> around to editing some of the HTML I need)
> On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 2:41 AM, Iain Strachan <> wrote:
>> See above from the Science and Religion Today Blog.
>> It pretty much says what we already know, but I am puzzled, and perhaps
>> someone over your side can explain to me.  Why is it that white evangelical
>> protestants seem to have the biggest opposition to the notion that climate
>> change is caused by human activity?
>> I can't see the connection with Christian belief.  I can understand why
>> fundamentalists oppose evolution & see it as a threat to their faith.  But
>> why climate change (in particular as caused by human activity)?
>> Just a naive question that I hope someone can explain to me.
>> Iain
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> William E (Bill) Hamilton Jr., Ph.D.
> Member American Scientific Affiliation
> Austin, TX
> 248 821 8156

William E (Bill) Hamilton Jr., Ph.D.
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