Climate Change and the Christian — The Parker J Cole Show

CzO5GS4I_400x400Climate change is a hot topic of the day. Climate change alarmists utilize words, numbers, charts, and gut-wrenching pictures of severe weather damage, displaced animals, shrinking bodies of waters, melting ice caps, and other natural phenomena in order to sway you to think one way about climate change and man’s effect on the environment. However, how do you, as a steward of God’s world, separate information from propaganda, fact from conjecture, truth from lies when often they are braided together like the threads of a rope? Christians and non-Christians alike both want to protect our planet. It’s our home for the duration and as good stewards, we want to be do what we can to protect this gem of a world we’ve been blessed with.

I’m pleased to once again have Dr. Cal Beisner from the Cornwall Alliance. Dr. Beisner is Founder and National Spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. The Cornwall Alliance is a network of theologians, scientists, economists, and other scholars and leaders work together to promote, primarily through education, three things simultaneously: Biblical earth stewardship, economic development for the world’s poor, and the proclamation and defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ all in a world permeated by an environmental movement whose worldview, theology, and ethics are overwhelmingly anti-Christian, whose science and economics are often poorly done, whose policies therefore often do little good for natural ecosystems but much harm to the world’s poor, and whose religious teachings undermine the fundamental Christian doctrines of God, creation, humanity, sin, and salvation.

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E Calvin BeisnerE. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Founder and National Spokesman

Dr. Beisner is Founder and National Spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, a network of over 60 Christian theologians, natural scientists, economists, and other scholars educating for Biblical earth stewardship, economic development for the poor, and the proclamation and defense of the good news of salvation by God’s grace, received through faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

Dr. Beisner was associate professor of historical theology and social ethics at Knox Theological Seminary from 2000 to 2008 and of interdisciplinary studies (focusing on the application of Biblical worldview, theology, and ethics to economics, government, and public policy) at Covenant College from 1992 to 2000. He earned his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion and Philosophy at the University of Southern California, his M.A. in Economic Ethics from International College, and his Ph.D. in Scottish History/History of Political Thought at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, planting a new congregation for the latter and serving on its pastoral staff for three years. He and his wife Debby, an accomplished portrait painter, have seven children and eight grandchildren.

His early childhood in Calcutta, India, where he observed both the beauties of God’s creation and the tragedies of poverty, informed his later concerns for caring for both the natural world and the poor. His theological and philosophical studies in the 1970s led eventually to his studying political and economic philosophy in the 1980s, resulting first in his book Prosperity and Poverty: The Compassionate Use of Resources in a World of Scarcity, published in 1988, an introduction to economics informed by Biblical theology and ethics, and then his book Prospects for Growth: A Biblical View of Population, Resources, and the Future, published in 1990, which applied the lessons of the prior book to questions about alleged overpopulation, resource depletion, and environmental degradation and conservation. In 1997 he published Where Garden Meets Wilderness: Evangelical Entry into the Environmental Debate, a history and constructive critique of the evangelical environmental movement.

In 1999, after a colloquium with about 35 other scholars with shared interest in these subjects, composed The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship, which was quickly endorsed by over 1,500 religious leaders from around the world and became the basis on which he founded The Cornwall Alliance in 2005.

In addition to the three books mentioned, he has written nine other books, edited over 30, contributed to over 35, and published thousands of articles, popular and scholarly, has lectured at universities, seminaries, conferences, and churches in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate change and climate and energy policy before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, briefed the White House Council on Environmental Policy, and presented a paper to a scholarly colloquium on climate change of the Pontifical Institute for Justice and Peace at the Vatican in Rome. In 2014 the Heritage Foundation honored Dr. Beisner with the Outstanding Spokesman for Faith, Science, and Stewardship Award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change.

Education:

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Religion and Philosophy and double minors in Classical Languages and Classical History, University of Southern California (1978)

M.A. in Society with Specialization in Economic Ethics, International College (1983)

Ph.D. in Scottish History (History of Political Thought), University of St. Andrews, Scotland (2003)

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The Paris Agreement — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerThere’s been a lot of talk about the Paris Agreement and the President’s decision to withdraw from it. From both sides of the political arena and even those lost on the outskirts and in-between the dominant parties, the implications regarding it have been weighed.

Most of know the Paris Agreement had to do with climate change. All of us want to be responsible citizens of the Earth and to protect our world for fututre generations. Why would the President pull out of the agreement and was it a good idea?

Join me as I talk to returning guest co-host Bruce Schlink, author of Americans Held Hostages of the Environmental Movement as we discuss the Paris Agreement in detail — what it is, what stipulations were involved and many more.  Whether you agree or disagree with the President’s decision let’s dig into the issue. Call in to weigh in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

The Parker J Cole Show — Is Human Intervention Necessary? *REBROADCAST*

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Hosts of movies, books, and TV shows often cast into a critical light the process of human intervention. From colonizing a planet in fiction, to cutting down whole rainforests in real life. Human intervention has summarily been the crux of all evil, according to some, in our society.

When it comes to climate change and energy policy, the idea of human intervention is too often ignored. With environmental alarmists, the idea that humans need to stop intervening with the planet is often met with a flurry of regulations and laws to penalize and curb such a thing.

But lets really discuss the philosophy of human intervention. Is it wrong? Is it right? Is it unnecessary? Join me as I talk with Dr. Calvin Beisner from the Cornwall Alliance as we take an in-depth view about human intervention. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

Hostages of the Environmental Movement — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerIn our continuing discussion of global warming, climate change, and more, we talk today with author Bruce Schlink of the book entitled Americans Held Hostage by the Environmentalist Movement. In our sincere efforts to make sure we do right by our planet, there are people who are held hostage by the environmental movement. This is not just propaganda but many individuals and communities have been severely affected by policies initiated by governments and other entities.

Due to these initiatives, people can be held hostage not by gunpoint, but by policies. Let’s talk about this and more on this edition of the Parker J Cole show. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or click on the link here.

 

Collateral Damage — Casualties of the War on Coal — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerOn this edition of the Parker J Cole show, we’ll be talking to returning guest, Dr Calvin Beisner who will share his thoughts and views about the new documentary film, Collateral Damage: Forgotten Casualties of the Left’s War on Coal.

Several organizations, including Americans for Tax Reform, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Cornwall Alliance, E&E Legal, and The Heartland Institute, have joined the MRC’s effort to tell the story the liberal media won’t tell.

These coalition allies will be sharing social media content and video to their followers using the hashtag #collateraldamage to get the word out about these untold stories.

Filmed in West Virginia by MRCTV.org (a division of MRC), the documentary tells the story of communities in coal country that have been devastated by excessive government regulation. For years, liberal politicians have promised to implement punitive environmental regulations at the behest of radical environmental activists. They have succeeded in their efforts and the people of coal country have lost their livelihoods in the process. Meanwhile the media, who largely agree with the left’s environmental agenda, have looked the other way.

But the war on coal is not just destroying the coal industry. The left’s war on coal is shuttering local businesses in these areas, displacing workers and their families, and fostering a vicious cycle of unemployment and underemployment. It’s also driving up energy costs for the people who can least afford it.  “Collateral Damage” gives the viewer a look at the real consequences of public policy decisions from people who would otherwise not have a platform to share their stories.

The Parker J Cole Show — Relationship Month: Humans & the Earth with Dr. E. Calvin Beisner

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People make the world go around. That’s a fact. Without people, we really would be a ‘pale blue ball’  like Sagan once said. How we interact with each other helps to build families, communities, and cultures. All this month on the Parker J Cole show, we will be discussing relationships — from husband and wives to friends and siblings. Each week, our commentary will focus on particular aspect of the relational wheel.

This week we’ll be discussing the relationship humans have with the earth. After all, as I’ve said in throughout this month, people make the world go round. While we have responsibility to each other, we also have the God-given responsibility to steward the Earth. We have to be conscientious of that. Our impact on the environment is a hot topic of debate. On this show, we’ll be talking about that relationship we have along with climate change, green initiatives, and others with Dr. E. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance.  You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the Stitcher and catch us on go. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8304481. Tune in!