I can honestly say that with 38 years of experience in the energy industry, this is one of the most balanced and honest reviews I have seen. Regardless of our beliefs on that matter, oil and gas have done a great deal to improve the quality of life for mankind but are also not something to be taken for granted or wasted. There are downsides to any form of energy, and the dynamics behind so-called clean energies are complex and often disturbing regarding their global impact on underprivileged countries and peoples, let alone the environment.
The historical perspective of earlier church thinkers’ views of carbon fuels was informative, and I wholeheartedly endorse both Ken Baake’s conclusions conceptualizing them as a precious, God-given resource and his call for good stewardship in their use. Blessed as we are to be living in a democracy—another great gift from God but one that sin has also tarnished to some extent—the other duty we Christians have with regard to energy use is to advocate for a just and responsible national energy policy, one that respects the rights of all inhabitants of planet earth, both those living now and those yet to be born, and to do all we can to encourage our elected representatives to provide leadership. History shows that it is never a good idea in the long run to ignore science.
The time seems right for the church to address this situation. People are astounded to learn how many women in the pews have suffered sexual abuse. This situation is particularly acute in the societies of the developing world. I long to see Christian workers well informed and willing to step into this silence and make much about our Lord’s redemption and ...1
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