For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 27 Oct 2013.
There are times when science and scientists appear supremely in control of the world and the destiny of its human population, unperturbed by the problems and anxieties faced by “lesser mortals.” And then you come across a scientist who admits that neither he (or she) nor science has all the answers.
Take US advisor on climate and Yale professor Gus Speth, for example:
I used to think the top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought with thirty years of good science we could address those problems but I was wrong.
The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy – and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation and we scientists don’t know how to do that.
The centre and starting point of that project is the kind of life Jesus Christ commended to those who knew they couldn’t do it alone.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.