21/09/2012

Suggested Links to Ecology/Climate Change

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20/09/2012

The Demolition of Religious Mythology

John B. Brinsmead

Since the 16th century three great paradigm shifts have seriously called into question the religious traditions of the Christian West.

Whilst the scientific disciplines have been able to adapt to these paradigm shifts, the religious establishments have been thrown into disarray and insecurity, and especially because they have been shackled by their own claims to either ecclesiastical or Biblical infallibility.

The first great paradigm shift was the Copernican Revolution.

The heliocentric cosmology of Copernicus freed humanity from the mythic heavens of supernatural beings, be they gods or demons, and gave us the secular heavens governed by the laws of physics. No longer was the earth to be seen as Dante’s centre of the universe with heaven above and hell beneath. In the new cosmology, the sun did not rotate around the earth as the Church and the Bible implied, but the earth actually moved (contrary to what the Church and the Bible emphatically stated) around the sun.
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20/09/2012

Jesus According to the Q – The Earliest Portrait of the Historical Jesus

Author: Robert D. Brinsmead

August 2008

The Significance of the “Q” Document

For some time it has been accepted by the historical Jesus scholars, whether Catholic, Protestant or Jewish, that Mark was the earliest of the four NT Gospels. It was written by an unknown Gentile Christian source around 70 AD. Some 15-25 years later, Matthew and Luke, written also by unknown sources, both copied Mark. They also added sayings of Jesus that were drawn from another common but unsighted source. It was the German scholars who first coined the term “Quelle” (meaning “Source”) to identify this unsighted source material used by Matthew and Luke. It now simply goes by the name Q.

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20/09/2012

The End and Abolition of Religion

Author: Robert D. Brinsmead

I have a dream…” Martin Luther King Jr.

“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…” John Lennon, Imagine

I too have dreamed…

There was a tribe that lived happily together in the rainforest. They were like one big happy family who worked, played and sang together under the stars.

One day a shaman arrived declaring that the Great Spirit of the forest had a plan to bestow his endless favours on everyone who put devotion to the Great Spirit above everything else, even above family or friends.

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20/09/2012

The Roots of Religious Violence

Robert D. Brinsmead

Extracts from The Scandal of Joshua ben Adam, No God Above and Essay 2A, The Divinity of Jesus, RDB, April 200l

The idea of God as a non-human, vertical, authority is the most destructive weapon ever let loose on the earth. In God’s name the worst tyrannies and inhumanities are legitimised by becoming sacralized.

Let the idea of God being a vertical authority above us be accepted, let the idea that this relationship takes precedence over human relationships be accepted, then the door is wide open for every human atrocity, tyranny, deprivation of liberty and destruction of human rights. This is how a sensitive human being like Saul of Tarsus got caught up dragging Christians in chains before the authorities. He put devotion to his God before human obligations. In the same way good men got involved in torturing people in the Inquisition or carrying out Pogroms against the Jews. For sure they were human enough to hurt as they kicked against the goads of their own human consciousness, but the higher authority called God made them do these inhuman things.

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20/09/2012

The Vindication of Carbon means the vindication of human freedom

Robert D. Brinsmead

On both scientific and common sense grounds we hereunder passionately argue our case against all efforts to demonize carbon and carbon dioxide.

The evidence is piling up every day that the world is not dangerously warming, nor is the rate of sea level rise or loss of sea ice anything that has not been occurring or re-occuring for thousands of years. The sun has recently gone into a less active phase of fewer sun-spots, and the ocean decadal currents have changed from a warming to a cooling phase.

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20/09/2012

Overcoming the Alienation of Man and Nature

Author: Robert D. Brinsmead

The environmental movement began as a protest against Western culture’s alienation from nature. This alienation was said to have its roots in the Judeo-Christian heritage that sets man apart as a special creation above the natural kingdom (see Genesis 1:28, 29). Environmentalism advanced the antithesis that puts an all-wise Mother Nature on a pedestal above the human race. The natural is lauded and, to quote an old one-liner, “only man is vile.”

There is a very pervasive anti-human bias in environmentalism, and it is expressed in a bias against human technology, economic growth and human prosperity. Global warming theory is popular because it is just another big stick to beat up on human activity. Human activity cops the blame for everything from the disappearing green tree frogs to almost any natural disaster.

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20/09/2012

A Story of the Promised Land

Robert D. Brinsmead

Australian poet, Andrew Barton (Banjo) Patterson, tells the story of the old pioneer who says to his kids,

“There is one Bible story I fully understand.
It’s how those ancient patriarchs lived upon the land.”

Just so, I venture to say,

There is a Bible story I fully understand,
It’s how the early Hebrews found the Promised Land.

Here’s my real-life story about finding the Promised Land. It has given me an insight into the greatest human story ever told – the story of the Hebrews’ flight from Egypt (the Exodus) and their subsequent settlement in the Promised Land of Palestine.

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19/09/2012

Does Nature Know Best? – A Critique of Environmental Fundamentalism

Robert D. Brinsmead  (A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Environment Foundation, 2006)

In 1971 the Sierra Club published a book by Barry Commoner (The Closing Circle) proclaiming that “the third law of ecology” is, “Nature knows best.”

There is nothing wrong in saying, Nature knows best in the right context. Doctors sometimes say it to reassure a patient. Horticulturists like me often say it when working with plants. We’ve all heard advertisers say it to flog everything from butter to the latest natural face cream. My charming neighbour says it when he regales me about the benefits of echinacea and olive leaf extract for all kinds of ailments.
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19/09/2012

What Do We Mean by Theology?

Robert D. Brinsmead

In this section of our website we will discuss the big picture stuff that we could call Worldview rather than Theology. Whether we are theists or atheists makes no difference to the fact that we all hold to things that are of ultimate concern and value to us. We all search for a sense of meaning in the world and in our own existence.

In this sense everybody has a theology or a worldview.  Think of it as a pair of very powerful glasses that colour and shape the way we look at the world. As the ancient Talmud puts it, “We do not see things are they are; we see them as we are.”  Or as Arthur Herman puts it, “Pessimism and optimism are attitudes the scholar brings to his analysis of events, not conclusions that arise from that analysis.” (The Idea of Decline in Western History, p.3) He could have said exactly the same thing about the scientists who analyze climate change data. They too bring their worldview or theology to the interpretation of the data. It is like that old saying, “Two men looked out through the prison bars; one saw mud and the other stars.”  It is the worldview that one holds that determines the way one sees things.

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