Global Warming & Wayne Grudem

Last week, I linked to a Christianity Today article on global warming. I’ve been thinking about a quote by theologian Wayne Grudem in the CT article:

Activities that produce carbon dioxide—such as “breathing, building a fire to cook or keep warm, driving a car or tractor, or burning coal to produce electricity … [are] morally good and necessary activities that God intended for us,” said Wayne Grudem, research professor of Bible and theology at Phoenix Seminary. “It seems very unlikely to me that God would have set up the earth to work in such a way that these good and necessary activities would actually destroy the earth.”

I agree with his first point—that many carbon dioxide-producing activities are both good and necessary. But I’m not sure about his second point:

“It seems very unlikely to me that God would have set up the earth to work in such a way that these good and necessary activities would actually destroy the earth.”

Isn’t this an “If God had meant humans to fly He would have given them wings” kind of argument?


Note: I deeply respect Wayne Grudem. His Systematic Theology is not a dry exposition of Biblical doctrines, but a rich, devotional, worshipful work that I highly recommend.Grace and Peace

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