Monthly Archives: December 2018

Global Warming—Part 2002

“There is no solid evidence CO2 is having an impact on the Earth’s temperature one way or the other.” Alexander G. Markovsky

“Moreover, the supporters might be amazed to learn that only 0.04 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere is carbon dioxide, which is part of the air we breathe. Plants make themselves from it …by way of photosynthesis they produce oxygen.  Therefore, if not for CO2 there would not be O2 and subsequently no life on Earth.” Ibid

Climate Change: The Poetry of Dreams and the Prose of Reality

By Alexander G. Markovsky,  American Thinker,  December 29, 2018

George Bernard Shaw so aptly wrote, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.”

There couldn’t be a better description of a newly released climate-change report compiled by 13 federal agencies. The report blames human activities and emission of CO2 for the rise in   temperature and warns that it will hurt the U.S. economy and lead to thousands of deaths. Apparently, “Apocalypse Now” is threatening a host of calamities, and we should blow trillions of dollars to save the planet. Haven’t we heard this song before?

To make the argument more convincing, the proponents of climate change insist that the majority of the scientific community — they call it “scientific consensus” — supports global warming. This is a fallacious argument that the Romans called argumentum ad populum (appeal to the people) or argumentum ad numerum (appeal to the number).  Furthermore, the “majority argument” is totally irrelevant because scientific disputes are not settled by majority consent. The majority once believed that the Sun revolves around the Earth; the atom could not be cracked and so on, and has been proven wrong throughout history.

In the mid-1970s, the majority supported global cooling with the same vigor and urgency as they support global warming today. The cover of the April 28, 1975, issue of Newsweek proclaimed “The Coming Ice Age.” In the article “The Cooling World,” the magazine suggested the disasters similar to those predicted in the government report. In the June 24, 1974, issue of Time magazine, the article “Another Ice Age” painted a bleak picture for the future of our planet: “When meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe, they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing (emphasis mine). Continue reading

Climate Change—Part 2001

“Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysics laboratory once calculated that if we could know all the variables affecting climate and plugged them into the world’s largest computer, it would take 40 years to reach a conclusive answer.” Jay Lehr

“Perhaps the most active area for mathematical modeling is the economy and the stock market. No one has ever succeeded in getting it right and there are far fewer variables than occur in determining the climate of our planet.” Ibid

Climate-Modeling Illusions Not Based on Reality

By Jay Lehr, American Thinker, December 7, 2018

For three decades, global warming alarmists have harassed society with stories of gloom and doom as a result of the carbon dioxide emitted into the air by the burning of fossil fuel. They are exercising precisely what prominent writer H.L. Mencken described as “the whole point of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed and hence clamorous to be led to safety by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary”.

In fact, the man-caused global warming or climate change panic may well be the best hobgoblin ever conceived. It has half the world clamoring to be led to safety from climate change without a shred of physical evidence. Every single statement issued to support these fearmongering claims presented in a new 1,500-page report from 13 separate agencies of the federal government by 300 Obama-appointed scientists, has no basis in physical measurements or observations.

What they do have are mathematical equations considered to be models of the Earth’s climate.  However, they have only a handful of the hundreds of variables that impact climate and the numbers inserted for the arbitrarily selected variables are little more than guesses. Unfortunately, the U.S. government has financed more than one hundred efforts to model our climate for the better part of three decades, with none coming close to actual results. Continue reading

God Became Man

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“The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation.  They say that God became Man.” C. S. Lewis, Miracles, p. 108

 

“If the thing happened, it was the central event in the history of the Earth.” Ibid

“Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow)

I see a glory in the stable glow

Which, with the ox’s dullness might at length

Give me an ox’s strength.

 

“Among the asses (stubborn I as they)

I see my Savior where I looked for hay;

So may my beastlike folly learn at least

The patience of a beast.

 

“Among the sheep (I like sheep have strayed)

I watch the manger where my Lord is laid;

Oh that my baa-ing nature would win thence

Some woolly innocence!

– C.S. Lewis, “The Nativity”

Christmas wonder is something wholly other

By Geoffrey P. Hunt, American Thinker, December 24, 2018

Christmas wonder these days seems mostly to be about carols, lights, decorations, piles of gifts under fir trees adorned with multi-glazed ornaments, filled cookies, chocolates, rum-soaked cakes, and fattened geese.

No, Christmas Wonder, something wholly other, is the greatest mystery in the history of humankind.

Christianity possesses a truth unlike any other creed.  No other religion can claim the revealed truth that God became man:

Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God…
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

If the Incarnation isn’t astonishing enough, next is death and Resurrection:

He suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father…

This is not the stuff of artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, sexless conception, or cryogenics.  Neither is it a fanciful fable, phantasmagoria, or some temporal spiritual fashion.  It is about the holiest transcendent real-time transaction, upon which rests the fate of the world and the salvation of mankind.

Impossible, you say…but true.

The Christian faith is hard stuff.  It is an intellectual labyrinth, neither a casual pursuit nor a trifle, easy to get lost, convenient to abandon.  The Christian’s journey has a joyful ending, but its beginning, and timeless passage, is daunting.

Despite the progressive liberal assertions that religions outside Christianity enjoy multicultural equivalency and authority, none other insists – after more than two millennia – that God dwelt among us as man, at least for a while; was crucified; and then rose from the dead, whose sacrifice freed men from sin.  None other compels a Trinitarian God and all of its glorious complications.

Indeed sensational, mystifying, confounding, and wondrous.  The entire notion of Christianity is incomprehensible, ultimately demanding faith, increasingly considered irrelevant in a civilization where God’s gifts have rendered His presence unnecessary.

At Christmastide, and Christmas Eve in particular, we shall celebrate the wonders of the season, the scents, tastes, embraces, greetings, sounds, and joys that surround us with all of the rightful seasonal trappings.  At the same time, let us be grateful for having traversed the rightful intellectual demands that the Christian faith requires and absorb His grace that transcends understanding.

There is no better time to reflect upon the Wonder that started it all.