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July 22, 2014

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Climate Policy: Theological, Scientific, and Economic Considerations
A Panel Presentation to the Fourth International Conference on Climate Change

By E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D.

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I’m grateful to James Taylor, Joe Bast, and the Heartland Institute for asking me to speak. My remarks today in part abridge, condense, and supplement what the Cornwall Alliance has said in a 76-page interdisciplinary research paper we published last December, A Renewed Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Examination of the Theology, Science, and Economics of Global Warming, the product of nearly 30 leading evangelical theologians, scientists, and economists. I invite you to read the whole paper at our website, http://www.CornwallAlliance.org. However, in light of comments earlier in this conference by Joe Bast, who referred to Mike Hulme’s “four myths” common to environmentalism, I revised this talk last night to focus on an issue I believe is fundamentally important to the worldwide discussion of climate change, an issue that we must understand if we are to hope to resolve the intellectual, political, and values conflicts that so polarize us. So, after a very brief summary of our findings in A Renewed Call to Truth, I shall turn to a discussion that properly addresses the philosophy and even the theology of science.

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