Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Monday, March 26, 2007

Twenty Ways to Answer A Fool (pt 13)

Does Christianity depreciate the natural world?

Allow me to continue once again examining the anti-theistic claims of Chaz Bufe, the blues guitar playing anarchist. Remember, Chaz has compiled a list of 20 reasons why Christianity must be abandoned, though, as I have been noting over the course of this series, Chaz is reacting against his woefully misinformed and twisted view of Christianity and not genuine, Bible based Christianity.

This particular reason is short,

13. Christianity depreciates the natural world. In addition to its morbid preoccupation with sex, Christianity creates social myopia through its emphasis on the supposed afterlife—encouraging Christians not to be concerned with "the things of this world" (except, of course, their neighbors’ sexual practices). In the conventional Christian view, life in this "vale of tears" is not important—what matters is preparing for the next life. (Of course it follows from this that the "vale of tears" itself is quite unimportant—it’s merely the backdrop to the testing of the faithful.)

The Christian belief in the unimportance of happiness and well-being in this world is well illustrated by a statement by St. Alphonsus:

"It would be a great advantage to suffer during all our lives all the torments of the martyrs in exchange for one moment of heaven. Sufferings in this world are a sign that God loves us and intends to save us."

This focus on the afterlife often leads to a distinct lack of concern for the natural world, and sometimes to outright anti-ecological attitudes. Ronald Reagan’s fundamentalist Secretary of the Interior, James Watt, went so far as to actively encourage the strip mining and clear cutting of the American West, reasoning that ecological damage didn’t matter because the "rapture" was at hand.

James Watt? Does Chaz realize how antiquated his paper is if he is invoking James Watt, former Secretary of the Interior under Ronald Regan? James Watt would had been relevant to Chaz's argument about unsympathetic Christian environmental mismanagement 25 YEARS AGO!

At any rate, the charge put forth is that because Christians are taught by their church leaders to value eternal things above all else, they neglect the present world where they currently live.

Now, I will readily admit that Christianity doesn't value the physical world in the same way Chaz probably does. The key reason is because Chaz and his atheist friends have imposed upon themselves a limited perspective of reality. Atheism is a foundationally selfish worldview because the atheist has chosen to reject and suppress the reality of eternity. Thus, atheistic secularists live only for the moment, indulging in all the pleasures they can heap upon themselves.

Christians recognize our world is disposable. God designed it to yield its resources to men. Additionally, a spiritual person realizes his life is short. A lifetime, even if a person lives to be 80 years old or more, is temporal in light of eternity, so it is true Christians who have been awakened to spiritual truth and reality value eternity more so than the secular atheist. This doesn't mean Christians should be careless and wasteful of the resources our God created on the earth, or that they shouldn't pursue conservation. It is just that our mindset is not only on the here and now.

Yet, would Chaz have us all embrace the non-sense junk science of the modern-day environmental global warming movement? Seeing that he so readily draws our attention to James Watt from 25 plus years ago, has Chaz forgotten how the same people who are presently arguing for radical social change to combat global warming used almost the same argumentation 30 years ago to promote radical social change to combat global freezing?

In order to build their case for a global ice age, they argued that man-made particle emissions from vehicles - rather than causing global warming - would collect in the atmosphere to block out the sun and significantly cool the earth. They even appealed to similar "scientific" research as their current day counter parts and drew the same conclusions that the global ice age would conveniently happen some hundred or so years in the future, far beyond any of their lives so as not to be held accountable if they were wrong.

As much as Chaz wishes to charge Christians with messing up the environment with their lack of sympathy for earthly things, modern day environmentalist are much more unsympathetic to the plain folk their kooky ideas, supported by governmental regulations and legislation, will harm. The hand-wringing officials willingly pass these restrictive laws prohibiting personal freedoms, and in an ironic twist, a professed "free thinking," law hating anarchist like Chaz promotes their socio-political view point that in turn is so detrimental to his beliefs advocated on his website.

But more importantly, unlike the Christian's lack of concern about his world, the environmental legislation being passed these days from state to state has real world significance and is unwittingly cruel to regular people. For example, where I live in California, the state representatives wish to pass a massive tax (what they redefine as a "fee") on mini-vans, SUVs and other large, multi-passenger vehicles. The idea behind this "fee" is that multi-passenger vehicles give off more carbon emissions than smaller vehicles, plus the excessive "fee" is an incentive to invest in hybrid model cars.

Essentially, the "fee" proposed by the California state legislature is a tax upon bigger families, but will also impact disabled persons who need such large vehicles for wheel chair access, construction workers and farmers who use them to carry their tools and equipment they need for their jobs, and ironically, those people who use larger vehicles to carpool (wow, a tax on carpooling!). This is the working class at risk here; the very group Chaz's communist values are meant to protect.

Oh, but there is more. These environmental laws even impact the mundane areas of life that will in turn increase the cost of living for everyone, especially in the area of health care.

I am asthmatic. My condition is generally caused by allergies. Thankfully, modern medicine in the form of inhalers help me, along with millions of other asthma suffers, to control the condition so I can function in life. You know, run around, be active out doors, play with the kids. The simple things we all take for granted.

Right now my asthma medication is around 20 bucks, and that is even without health care. But, my asthma inhaler apparently has a negative effect upon the environment. That is because the compressed gas that pushes the medication out of the little bottle into my lungs doesn't meet environmental standards designed to off set global warming.

Think a moment: A gas I breathe into my body and doesn't get released into the atmosphere.

Thus, in order to comply with the new regulations being imposed, the companies that make these inhalers had to come up with a new means to release the medication from the bottle. As a result, the cost of the new inhalers will triple, maybe even quadruple. Thus, a poor person who may not have insurance will be forced to go without medication because of Chaz's "sympathetic" view of the natural world.

Now, I am sure Chaz will argue this is the very reason we need universal, across the board, government paid health coverage. But why should my visit to my doctor have to turn into a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles or any other bloated governmental bureaucratic office? The quantity of health care will be there, but not the quality. I don't want to wait four months to get a CT scan. And all because to safe guard the environment based upon emotional, highly unscientific, chicken little style, misinformation about man-made global warming. Who's being unsympathetic here?

Christians may depreciate the natural world, but at least we are not defending it at the expense of the livelihood of people based upon a child-like naivete in unworkable utopian principles.

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Blogger thomas4881 said...

From Chaz's story I get the impression he's trumpeting the salem witch trials. It's as if Chaz himself was one day engaged in pre-martial sex and all the sudden a Pastor with a bunch of Christians busted the door down, then tried to burn chaz at the stake and somehow he miraculously escaped. Now Chaz can reveal all the horrors of Christianity he went through(In his immagination).

3:56 PM, March 26, 2007  
Blogger Highland Host said...

I love the 'Christians are morbidly obsessed with sex' bit. No, Chaz, it's a hedonistic society that is (just go into a newsagents if you don't believe that). Therefore the Church must say something on the issue, and say more than it would if society was obsessed with something else. The bloke clearly has little if any idea of cause and effect.

WHAT IS MORE, 'St.' Alphonsus has little or no influence upon non-Roman Catholics, and the only influence he HAS on protestants is that he wrote 'The Glories of Mary', routinely paraded as a particularly excessive example of Mariolatry. If Alphonsus and James Watt are the only examples Chaz can come up with, he's sunk.

3:32 AM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Bryan said...

Even the James Watt example was bunk. Watt has been misquoted and misrepresented on his environmental policy--and Chaz went along with it uncritically.

9:35 AM, June 04, 2007  

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