Book: Faith in a Changing Climate Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shown below is the current Table of Contents for the book Faith in a Changing Climate. Please note that the book is in draft form, therefore the material presented here may not be up to date.

Table of Contents for book Faith in a Changing Climate

A Three Point Sermon

Our Garden of Eden

Impact of Climate Change

No Technological Fix

No Negotiation

The Church’s Opportunity

Organization of This Book

Chapter 1 — A Predicament and an Opportunity

The Parable of the Home-Made Wine

The Missing Happy Chapter

Scripture and Parables

Through a Glass Darkly

Lessons from 2020

Personal Experience

Extrapolation

Timing

Experts and Generalists

Climate Scientists

Alarmists

Human Response

Framing Predictions

Predicaments

Net Zero by 2050

Realities

Physical Reality

Project Management Reality

Political Reality

A Changing Perception

An Episcopal Policy Statement

An Age of Limits

Systems Thinking

Unknown Unknowns

Climate Change Information

Conference of the Parties (COP)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The 1.5°C Report

The Opportunity

Chapter 2 — The City of Man

The Parable of the Inheritance

The 300-Year Party

Deforestation

The Industrial Revolution

The Church of Progress

Limits to Growth

Fossil Fuels

Climate Change

Peak Oil

The Hubbert Curve

Energy Returned on Energy Invested (ERoEI)

The Energy Cliff

Nine Pounds of Gold

Other Limits

Environmental

Biosphere

Population

The Tragedy of the Commons

Technology

Economics

Growth

Deflation

Debt

Income Disparity

Usury

Risk

Elements of Risk

Reversibility

Tipping Points / Sudden Change

The Consequences

Deep Adaptation

The Uninhabitable Earth

Six Degrees of Climate Emergency

Projections

Decline and Collapse

Chapter 3 — The Death of God

The Parable of the Blind Golfers

A Secular City of God

The Good Old Days

Hubris and Nemesis

Exile

Eden

Agrarian Images

Denial

Types of Denial

Individualism

Priorities

Personalities

Consensus Science

Bright Green Denial

Responding to Denial

Just the Facts

Story-Telling

Humor

OK Boomer

The Greta Thunberg Meme

Yesterday’s Priorities

The Mainstream Press

Lessons from the Pandemic

Changing Attitudes

Chapter 4 — Technology to the Rescue

The Parable of the Green Car

The Good Old Days

No Negotiation

Jevons Paradox

The Second Law

Resilience

Eco-Technology

Oil

Energy Dense

Dispatchable

Low Cost

Portable

Cheap

Safe

Petrochemicals

Alternative Energy Sources

Challenges

Anaesthetics from Windmills

Intermittent Energy

Going First Subsidy

Progress to Date

A Windy and Sunny Future

Solar Power

Wind Power

Biomass

Nuclear Power (Fission)

Unrealized Hopes

Safety

Futuristic Energy Sources

Nuclear Power (Fusion)

Small Modular Reactors

Thorium Reactors

Energy Storage

Carbon Capture and Storage

CO2 Removal

Abiotic CO2 Removal

Geoengineering

Project Management

Time Available

Speed of Implementation

Scale of Implementation

Project Resources

Oil Companies

Complexity

Chapter 5 — A New City of God

The Parable of the Long Spoons

Where is God in All This?

Augustine of Hippo

Other Theologians

Martin Luther

John Wesley

The Bible

Noah’s Ark

Revelation

Truth

Confessions / De Mendacio

Mere Christianity

Experts

Prophesy

Jeremiah

Moving On

Cassandrafreude

Semper Reformanda

Two Cultures

Theology

Elements of Theology

Good Friday / Easter Sunday

Ethics

Puritanism

Realistic Hope

Moral Response

Old-Fashioned Language

Confusion of Purpose

Laudato Sí

Gaia

Earth as an Entity

Deterministic Response

Personal Response

The Ladder of Awareness

Remembrance of Things Past

The Slough of Despond

Eco-Theology

1. Understand and Tell the Truth

2. Accept and Adapt

3. Live within the Biosphere

Chapter 6 — The Church’s Response

The Parable of the Body

Today’s Church

Membership Decline

Young People

Church Environmental Groups

Church Mission Statements

Episcopal Mission Statement

Interfaith Mission Statement

The Church’s ‘Kodak Moment’

Leaving the Church of Progress

Taking Action

What Value Do We Bring?

Out With The Old

Simpler Life

Time for Reflection

Walk the Talk

Social Justice

Four Roads

The First Road — Public Policy

Bold Action

APEC Blue

Sensible and Realistic

The Second Road — Local Action

Ora et Labora

Back to the Land

Practical Learning

Parish Life

Personal Example

The Third Road — Retreat

The Fourth Road — Adaptation

Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush

Stoicism

Fatalism / Hopium

Live Within the Biosphere

Leaving Technology

Conserve Tradition

From the Pulpit

Mission Statement

Enable

People of Faith

Technically Sound

Service to Others

Finite World

Spiritually Based Leadership

References

Index