Ignorance and the truth

Ignorance and the truth

It is time for a little bit of a rant. I’ve observed a little too much ignorance from Christians in the last few weeks. The issue is global warming. I’ve run in to a few too many that are convinced that global warming is a myth. It does not alarm me when some people are skeptical. We live in an age where the media hypes one alarmist threat to another.

It is alarming when I see people speaking so definitely about things they have thought so little about. Maybe they watched a documentary on youtube or listened to someone on the radio. They heard what they wanted to hear. Instead of critically analyzing what they hear they immediate adopt what sounds good to them.

One person tried to convince me that global warming was a myth because of the type of winter we had. Even if the winter was abornmally cold, which it wasn’t, one example proves nothing. That would be like saying “a loaf of bread dropped 10 cents, inflation is a myth” or “my grandfather smoked a pack a day until he died of natural causes, smoking doesn’t cause cancer.”

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to look at both sides of an issue. Weigh evidence and question the validity of the points on each side of the argument. What I see is anything but that. Most commonly I see people dismiss an opinion soley on the basis of who is the voice of that opinion. People form opinions without honest reflection or research. This is what bothers me. How can a group of people who say they are about the way, the truth and the life be so bad at figuring out the truth?

  1. #1 by Marc on April 25, 2007 - 10:28 pm

    Good rant.

    Interestingly, as I understand it the type of winter we just had might actually be a sign of environmental trends linked to global warming.

    I don’t know much about the subject, but I wonder if the term “global warming” is a bit misleading. Global warming doesn’t mean that our winters should be less cold and, well, wintry. It might actually mean colder, more blustery winters, at least for a time.

  2. #2 by Rob Kroeker on April 27, 2007 - 1:54 pm

    sorry, I’m to busy paying bills and making my marriage work…what did you say?

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