The report Hope in God’s Future (link is to the pdf) while adopted by a huge majority at the Methodist Conference upset one blogger.
David Hallam ended up writing four posts against this report, climate change itself, the Methodist Church, the President of the Methodist Conference and commentators like myself who responded in support of all the above. See (Welcome to the house of sin, Global warming – an alternative spirituality?, Dare to be a Daniel, Dare to stand alone and Climate change – an impossible debate)
Part way through that debate I made the decision to leave that debate and I have not been back to that blog except to create the links above. I no longer track it or visit it.
My reason for writing now is that I found a helpful response to the challenge “What if I am wrong about Climate Change?” at No Impact Man: What I’d say if I was wrong about climate change. He starts with
I get emails from people, every so often, what I would say and feel
if I was wrong about climate change. What would I say if, after
dedicating years of my life to bringing attention to the problem, I
found out there was no problem.
Well, first, of course, I would praise God in thanks that we have no catastrophe to contend with. Then, since many of the
measures needed to deal with climate change have a lot of positive
benefits, I will think:
There are then 17 positive benefits that he identifies that come from responding to Climate Change, evcen if there is no climate change.
He concludes with this challenge:
And now, to turn the question back on those who say that either there is no climate change or that it is not a serious problem:
What would they feel if we did nothing about climate change and they turned out to be
What would they feel if we buried our heads in the sand,
ignored the problem, and then irreversibly damaged the planetary
habitat that we depend upon for our health, happiness and security?
Of course I would also want to analyse Climate Change and our responses theologically (as the Hope in God’s report Future does) but I think these responses provide a good starting point.
In fact I think it is helpful to ask the question “What would I say if it it turned out I was wrong” about many of our beliefs. Why not try it, I have found it illuminating and what have you got to lose – you are probably always right anyway.