Going against my own better judgement that I should just stay out of this, and have so far, I wanted to drop a note as an outsider looking in.
I for one an grateful to know that a man of Christ such as Joel is in his particular role as a climate scientist or whatever title we want to otherwise call it.
Joel may have some presuppositions regarding his field of study, which I expect given the nature of higher education today. But having had some opportunity to receive gracious counsel from Joel on another matter, I’m convinced that as a man who seeks to be pleasing to the Lord, his understanding of such things would lean heavily on his knowledge of God. Sometimes this is a process of sanctification. It is a slow work as the Lord humbles us.
Sometimes I’ve noticed our demeanor on Sanityville tries to make a race out of every conflict or disagreement. And we should run the race as a long distance runner, forebearing with patience and endurance. But when we are trying to sprint to the finish line, it shows a lack of love. A lack for sure that we all suffer from to one degree or another.
The accusation here of hubris has been so often used now, that no one seems able to escape its condemnation.
But nevertheless we ought to strive to repent of that as love is patient, and kind, and gentle, and does not boast. And where we fail at any one of these should not be opportunity to pile on, lest we incur much guilt ourselves.
That being said, I understand, I think, much of what Pastor Bayly is saying to Joel and I hope this discussion will give him an opportunity in the Lord to pursue some competing viewpoints.
As I shared with Joel in private, my great uncle, was one of the pioneers of modern weather science. In fact the method of rating hurricanes is named after him as a co-developer of the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
I’m grateful for men like Robert Simpson who flew into the eye of hurricanes to study them at great peril, and for the hope of saving future lives. There is much that could probably be said to attack his legacy and presuppositions, and maybe some deserved. I’m not fully convinced that he sought the pleasure of the Lord in all that he did, though I know he assured my grandfather, a Baptist missionary and his brother, that he did have his trust in the Lord. Either way, I’m not his judge.
But this I say, because I believe brother Joel to be in so much better positioned to please the Lord as a man who sits under the authority of the word of God, and wrestles with Godly men on account of it. I pray that perhaps Pastor Bayly could facilitate some private discussions with godly men he knows that speak the language of climatology and who could challenge Joel better than we.