Inconvenient Christians
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Wed Jul 05, 2006 at 01:36:04 PM EST
Evangelical Christians are being offered free tickets to go see Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth. The tickets are available at the Inconvenient Christians website. The evangelical magazine, Christianity Today, is also encouraging its readers to go see the movie. It is good to see evangelicals broadening their list of social concerns and this should have political consequences for the Christian Right-Republican alliance.
Some excerpts from an article written by David Neff, editor of Christianity Today:

Al Gore, Preacher Man

With the urgency of a Baptist preacher with a judgment day sermon, the former politician is spreading the bad news of global warming--including in a new film. Christians would do well to listen up.

Al Gore is back. Not as a political candidate, but as a Baptist preacher with a moral message. His favorite sermon is about the judgment day that will come upon us if we do not mend our ways and stop contributing to global warming. [    ]

I write as someone convinced by the scientific warnings about climate change; other evangelicals have also taken note. I've listened to some of the world's best presenters on this issue and gotten to know Sir John Houghton, the retired climate scientist who for decades led the scientific panel of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And because I've been exposed to such careful arguments in favor of taking action against climate change, I found a few things about former Vice President Gore's material disturbing. [   ]

The film ends with two exhortations. One is to visit the film's official website (www.climatecrisis.net). The other is to pray. But when you pray, it says, quoting an African proverb, move your feet.




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by Carlos on Wed Jul 05, 2006 at 01:40:12 PM EST
I just had to laugh. What a great name. Thanks, Carlos.

by Bruce Wilson on Wed Jul 05, 2006 at 03:15:55 PM EST
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I'd heard that evangelicals were split over this issue. (I suspect waiting for leaders to tell them what to think, as usual.) Dobson, as might be expected is toeing the (Republican) party line and dismissing concerns.

by Psyche on Wed Jul 05, 2006 at 06:53:33 PM EST
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Ted Haggard and Rich Cizik are probably the most high-profile pro-environmentalist religious right figures. According to the likes of James Inhofe, they've been led astray by a leftist conspiracy, but in fact - as I discussed on my blog a while back - they were won over by a British evangelical and very distinguished mainstream climate scientist named Sir John Houghton.

by Richard Bartholomew on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 08:15:48 AM EST
That's an important piece of very recent background. I don't think the tale of how the recent NAE vote on Global Warming  ( inaction vs. action ) happened has been well told in a way that might make it accessible to environmentalists or Evangelicals either.

I've mentioned the affair to one environmental leader, and I might as well have been speaking an unknown language.

by Bruce Wilson on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 09:26:30 PM EST
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There is another site offering free tickets as well called "Share The Truth", only not religious in angle.  They also encourage people who saw the film and want to make a difference help sponsor free tickets.


by karentr on Fri Jul 07, 2006 at 08:36:20 PM EST


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