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James 2: 14-16 (NAS)
14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
The good news is that 74 per cent of Americans know the answer.
Really? 74 percent of Americans know that the correct answer is ``No, of course not. The Earth and Sun both orbit the centre of mass of the solar system, which is just outside the Sun's surface?"
That's pretty good, much higher than I would have expected.
But despite his apparent love of contrarian bomb-lobbing, he agrees with the climate science consensus on more details than he agrees with wingnuts like Blackburn, For example, he agrees that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, and causes warming. He calls people who disagree on that point ``nutty". He just suggests that the resulting human-caused warming won't be as severe as current models project, in part because he has a theory about potential countering effects resulting from cloud movement. (No-one but Lindzen and collaborators thinks this counter-theory is plausible.) He also thinks that the purported negative economic consequences are too great to justify significant efforts reduction of emissions. But he accepts that there is human-caused global warming. Just not as much as some people predict, and not enough to warrant intervention.
Really, the standard response to mentions of Lindzen by that crowd should be "Ah, you think Lindzen is an authority. He says that denying the warming effect of carbon dioxide is nutty and that there is some human-caused warming resulting from it. Do you agree?"
Um, no. Thanks for playing, though.
The word "Messiah" in Biblical Hebrew means "the anointed [one]"; referring to leaders or priests anointed with holy oil. [The Greek translation in the Septuagent Greek Old Testament is "Χριστός / Christos".] Lots of messiahs in the tradition, even a non-Jew like Cyrus the Great of Persia a (Isaiah 45:1-7 Isaiah 45:13) who was designated a Divine messiah in the Jewish Bible for the whole "conquer Babylon, release the Jews from the Babylonian Captivity, return them to Israel, rebuild the temple ..." thing.
I can handle religious fanatics being ignorant of most things. But is it too much to expect that they will actually know what they are talking about on the subject of the religion they are fanatics about?