Ian Plimer on Christianity (letter)by Peter J. TalbotNews Weekly
, September 5, 2009
I recently caught part of a speech given to the Sydney Institute by Professor Ian Plimer, whose book Heaven and Earth - Global Warming: the Missing Science
(reviewed in News Weekly
, May 16) seeks to debunk the premise of human-induced climate change.
While not wishing to tackle the pros and cons of his environmental arguments, a couple of statements in his speech raised my eyebrows.
Specifically, he spoke of "failed Western socialism" (I have no major truck with this statement) and "failed Western Christianity".
I hope this latter statement refers to the diminution of Christian faith in Western society generally, rather than to any intrinsic failure of the faith itself (doctrinally, etc.) and the undeniable contribution it has made to Western civilisation's rise to greatness.
However, to put the present situation into context, it should be pointed out that more people still attend church each weekend than organised sport - and this in sports-mad Australia.Peter J. Talbot,