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Cizik on Copenhagen: A ‘God moment’

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Via Beliefnet, Rev. Richard Cizik, formerly of the National Association of Evangelicals, who once called global warming the “third rail” of evangelical politics, and who also said that evangelicals “need to confront population control,” is at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

In this video, Cizik speaks of the critical role that “people of faith” have in translating the challenge of climate change into concrete political action. He says in part, “I don’t believe this moment in time is not without significance. I believe there is a kind of ‘God moment’ here politically for the nations of the world, the leaders of the world to move us forward.”

There’s much more background information in the joint Acton-IRD paper, “Climate Control to Population Control: Troubling Background on the ‘Evangelical Climate Initiative’.”

Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.


  • Roger McKinney

    I’m glad I’m not an evangelical. I’m a fundamentalist! Neff’s siding with socialism and abortionists doesn’t surprise me. CT has always carried water for Marxism. However, I have to thank CT for stirring my interest in economics. Their constant drumbeat for Marxism forced me to research the origins of capitalism and made me a much better economist!

    Bless Rick Warren’s heart! He’s a great pastor and should have sense enough to stick with his spiritual gifts. Unfortunately, fame has gone to his head. He only recently discovered the poverty of Africa and rabid environmentalism. But without spending any time studying the issues he immediately sides with the Marxists on both. The ignorance is astounding! I wish he would go back to pastoring and quit embarassing us.

  • Patricia Collins

    What in the world is this guy talking about? His whole 4 minutes was a bunch of nothing. Like the other climate czars of the world. Have most religious leaders fallen prey to these climate zelots who want us all in poverty? Killing the golden goose will help no one!!! Marxist’s in our churches helps no one!!!!