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Climatology: Futurist Fundamentalism’s New Hydra Head
by John McPherson
When we think of "futurism", we naturally find ourselves referring to the theological/doctrinal perspective involving the supposedly future "Second Coming of Christ", the "end times"/Apocalypse scenarios forecasted by prophecy hacks on TV, and all other nonsense of that nature. But futurism is much more diverse, in reality. It is an all-encompassing philosophical perspective that affects every one of us, every day, at every level of society.When we think of "futurism", we naturally find ourselves referring to the theological/doctrinal perspective involving the supposedly future "Second Coming of Christ", the "end times"/Apocalypse scenarios forecasted by prophecy hacks on TV, and all other nonsense of that nature. But futurism is much more diverse, in reality. It is an all-encompassing philosophical perspective that affects every one of us, every day, at every level of society.
As we are all aware, our global climate appears to be in a state of flux and instability. Some sort of cyclical change is occurring. The futurist climatologists would have us believe that mankind’s pollution and overpopulation of the planet are the primary contributing factors in this area. The tragically comic element in this is that man was not responsible for bringing ANY of our ecosystems into being, nor do we sustain them at the planetary level. Yet all of a sudden, we are somehow responsible for potentially jeopardizing all life on this planet and it all hangs in the balance - our pollutants and our means of controlling and reducing them being the ultimate measure of our projected survival as a race. It’s ludicrous on the very face of it! And yet, the high priests of this new, pseudo-scientific fundamentalism - David Suzuki and Al Gore (that pre-eminent scientific “authority”, author of “An Inconvenient Truth”) being the most visible – assure us that our unavoidable reality involves battling climate change globally through drastically increasing our pollution contols industrially, commercially and personally. WE are causing the “global warming” effect by releasing unprecendented levels of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The thinking here is remarkably similar to that of the Christian fundamenalist futurists who start with a presupposition and then “proof-text” their way into a hermeneutically-distorted and mangled pespective on Bible prophecy.
As an example of the absence of true, empirical science in global warming futurism’s agenda, please consider the following. I receive a newsletter from
www.environmentaldefense.org from time to time, and at their affiliate site,
www.fightglobalwarming.com , they have the following tidbits on their “Myths and Facts” link:
Global warming is just part of one of the earth's natural cycles.
The global warming we are experiencing is not natural.
People are causing it by burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests. Scientists have shown that these activities are pumping far more carbon dioxide (C02) into the atmosphere than was ever released in hundreds of thousands of years. This buildup of CO2 is the biggest cause of global warming. (IPCC 2001) Since 1895, scientists have known that CO2 and other greenhouse gases trap heat and warm the earth. As the warming has intensified over the past three decades, scientific scrutiny has increased along with it. Scientists have considered and ruled out other natural explanations such as sunlight, volcanic eruptions and cosmic rays. (IPCC 2001)
Though natural amounts of CO2 vary from 180 to 300 parts per million (ppm), today's CO2 levels are around 380 ppm. That's 25% more than the highest natural levels, looking back 650,000 years. Increased CO2 levels have corresponded with higher average temperatures throughout that long record. (Boden, Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center)
As you can imagine, not only did I do a “double take” when I read the ludicrous claims that CDIAC has accurate, empirically verifiable climate data detailing CO2 levels in the atmosphere over the last 650,000 years – I actually gagged. What a joke. How can these people possibly expect anyone to take their claims seriously?
The “Inconvenient Truth” for Al Gore, is that man’s impact on the global climate is minimal at best. Certainly, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions might help reduce the drastic levels of change occurring, but this IS a part of the planet’s natural cycle. And out here on the West Coast of BC, Canada – our winter is anything BUT unusually warm. We’re having the coldest, snowiest, iciest winter in ten years out here. In fact, we haven’t had a winter like this (if you include November’s massive rains that wiped out local roads and power repeatedly) for thirty years. The global warming pundits need to come out here and explain themselves as they fight to navigate our icy roads and avoid the 25-foot snowbanks. The ice storms south of us and the blast of winter weather on the East Coast of Canada should really raise some eyebrows among those whose critical thinking capacities aren’t dulled by mass media pulp fiction.
The "sad plight" of the "dying polar bears" - those beautiful creatures of the north - also gave me a chuckle. The overpopulation of those bears has put man on the menu up there for many years, and the people in Flin Flon and Churchill, Manitoba are breathing a little easier when they hear that the bear populations might be reduced through the loss of the ice pack. They are also aware, however, of how adaptable these animals are and how they hunt both on LAND and off of the ice. It is highly unlikely that the loss of the ice pack will mean the disappearance of the polar bear completely. It might mean, however, in the short term, that residents of northern Manitoba and Nunavut will have fewer worries when considering strolling around their communities freely and safely.
For Full Preterists, of course, the apocalyptic doom-and-gloom projections so popular among sensationalist futurists are demonstrably false and baseless when considered in the light of Biblical truth. Texts such as Psalm 104:5, “5 You [God] who laid the foundations of the earth, So that it should not be moved forever” ; Gen. 8:21,22, “21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. 22 "While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease." ; and Eccl. 1:4, “4 One generation passes away, and another generation comes; But the earth abides forever” readily spring to mind. When considered in conjunction with each other and the immediate contexts involved, it is apparent that not only is the planet and its day/night and seasonal cycles eternal, but that mankind’s existence on it is likewise established forever. The Creator has declared this to be the eternal reality for this planet and our physical realm, thereby nullifying all pessimistic futurist projections and prognistications.
We have a wonderfully optimistic view of the future to share with those around us. The more exposure we gain in the media (and online) for Preterism’s positive perspective on this planet’s ecosystems, environment and climate in terms of their continued, divine maintenance and sustenance, the better for human civilization as a whole.
Gold River, BC