Conversations, Reading Guides, VOLUME 12

The Science of Climate Change [A Reading List ]

Climate change is one of the most pressing threats to humanity and to the life of creation. Although it has been disputed by politicians, the scientific community unequivocally stands behind the grim view that science lays out for us. 

 
As one of the hottest heat waves in recent memory has just swept over the United States,  we offer this list of essential books on understanding the science of climate change and the disputes that it has spawned…

Love in a Time of Climate Change: Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice

Sharon Delgado

Love in a Time of Climate Change challenges readers to develop a loving response to climate change, which disproportionately harms the poor, threatens future generations, and damages God’s creation. This book creatively adapts John Wesley’s theological method by using scripture, tradition, reason, and experience to explore the themes of creation and justice in the context of the earth’s changing climate. By consciously employing these four sources of authority, readers discover a unique way to reflect on planetary warming theologically and to discern a faithful response. The book’s premise is that love of God and neighbor in this time of climate change requires us to honor creation and establish justice for our human family, for future generations, and for all creation.

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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3 Comments

  1. As a climate change skeptic, it would be helpful to see author bios – or something that provides a better sense of the credentials of the person writing the book

  2. Walt, a good and reasonable suggestion. Thanks!
    Reality is that I likely might not have the time to update the post in this way.
    (Guess it’s easy enough for folks to drop an author’s name into Google?)

  3. Failed Climate Disaster Predictions
    sea level rise https://www.salon.com/control/2001/10/23/weather
    ice-free arctic http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7139797.stm
    not ice-free https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/arctic-sea-ice/

    The arctic ice trend from 1980, just after all the “New Ice Age” predictions (Time magazine, Newsweek, etc.) is down. But there has been a rebound from the 2012 low. Regardless of the trends, the prediction for ice-free by 2013 was off by millions of square kilometers or over a million square miles. In other words: epic fail.

    As for the issue of “settled science” and the idea that there is a overwhelming consensus of approaching disaster: the way we know that scientific theories are valid is that they make predictions that come true. Accurate predictions are the “gold standard” of science. Climate science has a long history of failed predictions, which strongly suggests that the science is not settled. (Actually “settled science” and “scientific consensus” are oxymorons, as has been demonstrated numerous times in the last 100 years.)