What do Haitians think about God and the Earthquake?

I asked Dr. Gerald Murray, an anthropologist and an expert on Haiti, and a Catholic, to write a blog post for Q Ideas about the religious response of people in Haiti to the earthquake a year ago. I know several American Christians who found their faith in the goodness of God rocked by the tragedy … Continue reading What do Haitians think about God and the Earthquake?

The New Religion of Environmentalism

If people are convicted about their waste, their poor stewardship, their ignorance of the side-effects of their actions, shouldn't we praise God for his grace by which this occurs, and point people to the answer offered by Jesus' life and death on the cross? Awareness of sin is something we can share with the rest of the world; the disorder wreaked on the world by human ignorance is perceptible even to those outside the faith, and we can use this as common ground to communicate the gospel and to work for the common good.

Stuck in the Middle on Climate

Those on the left sometimes seem to claim unanimity among climate scientists as to the culpability of people for global warming. Those on the right seem to imply there is major controversy about whether people are to blame. Neither view is correct.

Conservative solutions to global warming

My colleague Alexei Laushkin alerted me to a Slate interview with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is a small government conservative, and he's not afraid of science, so he understands the seriousness of anthropogenic global warming. He's not in favor of mandatory caps on carbon dioxide. As an economist, I disagree: I … Continue reading Conservative solutions to global warming

An Environmentalism for Us All

What Rebecca Solnit is arguing in her excellent Orion Magazine article this month is that environmentalists have become the caricature the right paints of them. They often really are a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show. And, Solnit adds: they hate country music, without actually knowing country music. [To … Continue reading An Environmentalism for Us All

New evangelicals and creation care

I spoke this morning at a press conference in South Carolina, on the front steps of the Statehouse, about the emerging voice for creation care among evangelicals. Here is a draft of those remarks: I'm concerned that young people and people of faith don’t get disconnected from the political process just because they often fail … Continue reading New evangelicals and creation care