No Christian Consensus

Sir John Houghton was brought up as a Calvinistic Methodist in the Presbyterian Church of Wales. He sees no essential conflict existing between science and religion and specifically believes that there is a connection between Christianity and environmentalism. He was a founder member of the International Society for Science and Religion and chairman of the John Ray Initiative to connect “Environment, Science and Christianity”. The origins of the Anthropogenic Global Warming debate in the UK can thus be traced to a deliberate conflation of science with religion. A critical date is 1988 when he managed to convince Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to establish the Hadley Climate Research Centre at the Met Office. However, it should not be inferred from this that he led a Christian consensus on AGW. From the very start, some of his most vocal critics have come from the Church of Scotland. They were equally derisive about the “economics” of Stern.

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