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Trump appointee puts "the biblical world view" ahead of science

Posted by on Feb. 25, 2018 at 2:30 AM
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Trump's guy in charge of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, recently gave an interview.   His answers are breath taking:

"The 'environmental left' tells us that, though we have natural resources like natural gas and oil and coal, and though we can feed the world, we should keep those things in the ground, put up fences and be about prohibition," Pruitt said. "That's wrongheaded and I think it's counter to what we should be about." 

Caring for the Environment with a Biblical World View

Pruitt believes God commands us to take care of the environment and that also means to use what He has provided. "The biblical world view with respect to these issues is that we have a responsibility to manage and cultivate, harvest the natural resources that we've been blessed with to truly bless our fellow mankind."


"I spent a couple years just earnestly praying, asking the question that I don't think we ask enough, 'God what do you want to do with me?'" Pruitt said. "Really getting into our prayer closet, seeking His heart, asking what He wants to do in our lives."

"It was actually Isaiah chapter one that I was reading through at that time that really spoke to my heart," he continued. "Specifically, in the latter part of chapter one where God says to Israel, 'I will restore your leaders as in the days of old, your judges as at the beginning.' And there was just a desire that welled up in me to say, 'I want to be like those leaders that we had at our founding, at the inception of our country.'"

For Pruitt, the need to pursue what the founding fathers intended is more important than ever. 

"There's never been more of a threat to liberty, to what we know as the protections that are inherent in our constitution than what we live today," he said.

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by Ruby Member on Feb. 25, 2018 at 2:31 AM
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I checked another source, yes, he really said this stuff.

Scott Pruitt cited the Bible to defend his oil-friendly policies

The Trump administration has used a variety of excuses to legitimize its record-setting rollbacks on environmental protections: calling global warming a hoax, or arguing that the economic consequences of increased regulation would outweigh their benefit.

The latest justification? The Bible.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, a media outlet that also seems to double as a propaganda arm of the Trump administration, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said his Christian convictions led him to conclude that America should use gas and coal freely because natural resources exist purely for man’s benefit.

“The biblical world view with respect to these issues is that we have a responsibility to manage and cultivate, harvest the natural resources that we’ve been blessed with to truly bless our fellow mankind,” Pruitt told CBN’s David Brody.

In that same interview, Pruitt condemned the “weaponization” of the EPA and criticized the “environmental left” for “tell[ing] us that, though we have natural resources like natural gas and oil and coal, and though we can feed the world, we should keep those things in the ground, put up fences and be about prohibition.”

Pruitt’s tenure at the EPA has been controversial. He was involved in persuading Donald Trump to leave the Paris climate accords and has spearheaded a number of rollbacks of Obama-era initiatives, including reversing the Clean Power Plan, as well as smaller repeals like on a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been shown to cause developmental problems in children. He’s also drastically reduced the number of fines the EPA has collected on businesses that break the law by making use of toxic or dangerous chemicals.

But as far as his biblical assertion goes, Pruitt’s words reflect a wider trend among American evangelicals, who largely have not embraced scientific thought on environmentalism or global warming.

While environmental advocacy is central to Pope Francis’s papacy and the Church of England has recently launched a “Shrinking the Footprint” initiative (including a Lent Plastic Challenge encouraging parishioners to recycle more for Lent), American evangelicals in particular have long been wary of environmental causes. For example, a 2011 Lifeway survey found that 41 percent of Protestant pastors did not believe in global warming.

As I wrote in 2014 for the Atlantic, much of this stance is rooted in a very particular reading of Genesis 1:28 in the Bible. Referring to the creation of Adam and Eve, the Bible says: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

For many evangelicals, this idea of “dominion” is about mastery: Human beings have the right to take what they want from the earth, in terms of natural resources, without regards to how it might affect other species.

Likewise, many evangelicals interpret Genesis 3:16 — in which Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden, and God tells them, “Cursed is the ground because of you [Adam]; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life” — as a sign that the relationship between man and nature is supposed to be combative, not conciliatory.

That’s why evangelical groups have, therefore, been historically resistant to environmentalist causes. Creationist lobbying groups frequently fund initiatives like the Louisiana Science Education Act, which mandates a “balanced” (and climate change-denying) approach to teaching environmental issues in public schools.

Pruitt’s words on CBN, therefore, are in one sense entirely normal. They play into a long history of evangelical rejection of environmentalism.

The difference is those evangelicals aren’t usually in charge of the EPA.


by Ruby Member on Feb. 25, 2018 at 2:41 AM
You just noticed?
by Ruby Member on Feb. 25, 2018 at 3:32 AM

Quoting AdrianneHill: You just noticed?

I was struck by his phrase "the biblical world view"  and had a look at the website:

It declared the following:

1. God determines history, not in foreknowledge, but plans all events in history to determine His final stages for the history of mankind. In God, there is no past, present, or future, as the great “I AM.”

2. The people and events that are recorded, as “history,” is totally determined by one’s philosophy of life or worldview. Secular historians will ignore the movement of God in history: His people, His Church, and His providential plan.

3. God has a plan for every individual of the human race and his every thought, word, and action. All are necessary to complete the most simple detail of His plan.

4. Most of the "good" things that mankind has experienced was caused by the regeneration and obedience of God’s people through God’s great plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. This "good” includes capitalism, representative government, civil liberties, abolition of the slave trade and human sacrifice, world exploration, elevation of women, elevation of the common man, the Renaissance, and Reformation.  These accomplishments are "good" only when they are governed by explicit Biblical principles.  And, certainly, mankind is able to pervert every one of these to ungodly purposes.

One particular of this “great good” is universal public education. There is no other philosophy of life or religion in the history of mankind that supplied the impetus for universal education.

5. The dominant theme of the history of mankind is the Revelation of Jesus Christ and the salvation of God’s people.

6. Christians have been and are persecuted because they are a threat to the ruling powers when they are obedient to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Currently, their threat is almost harmless in the United States and in the West because of their disobedience.

7. One of the great tragedies and misunderstandings of God’s Word has been the persecution of Christians by other Christians over religious issues, for example, the burning of Protestants by Roman Catholics during the Reformation and the Killing Times of the Covenanters by the English.  Of course, theology was often just an excuse for tyrannical power and personal gain by those in power. 

8. The Dark Ages (or Middle Ages) were actually the progressive age of the light of the Gospel, as most of Europe had been overrun with barbarians. Yet, during this time it eventually produced Scholasticism, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and all the great things that have come from those events.  That is not to say these seeds were evenly distributed.  Certainly, in many areas there continued to be ignorance, illiteracy, superstition, barbarianism, and tyrannical governments.

9. While church history has held some prominence among Christians, God’s Providence in world history is almost unnoticed today, mostly caused by the secular writing of history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, some Christians are beginning to recover this providential perspective, for example, Vision Forum’s Mega-History Conference.

10. While evolution would have mankind increasing in intelligence, the Creation account would have Adam as the most intelligent man that ever lived, even after the Fall. This high intelligence would have continued in Adam’s immediate descendants who lived for hundreds of years. Man’s intelligence is actually decreasing, as the effect of the Fall continues. Archeological evidence is accumulating to prove the high intelligence of man before and after the Flood.

11. There is increasing archeological and scientific evidence of a “young earth,” very close to Bishop Ussher’s 6000+ years.

12. Chapters 1-11 of Genesis are true. When properly understood, they have always been compatible with the best understood theories of science and archeological explorations. Until the Church proclaims this part of the Bible as true, her message of salvation will be limited in its effectiveness.

13. Civilization needs to be re-defined with Biblical criteria.


and (on "over population"):

The Creation Mandate

"And God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth ..." (Genesis 1:28a). This directive is one of seven given to Adam and Eve prior to their Fall: the replenishing of the earth (Genesis 1:28a), subduing of the same (Genesis 1:28a), dominion over the creatures (Genesis 1:28b), labor (Genesis 2:15), the weekly Sabbath (Genesis 2:3), and marriage (Genesis 2:24-25). They are called "creation mandates" by some theologians and "orders of creation" by others. Our focus is on the command to procreate. It is inseparable from the seventh. 27 When God limited one man to one woman and vice-versa, He limited procreation to this union. In the next section we will explore what that union means relative to the family.

Since these mandates are not taught widely today, many Christians will not be familiar with them. Likely, however, you will recognize principles that Scripture presents elsewhere. Also, you may recognize general principles that seem to issue from "Christian" responsibility, but had not yet been crystallized in your mind. Too many Christians have been "brain-washed" by the population myths and birth control advocates. The creation mandate is the basic principle by which to place these distortions in their Biblical perspective.


In addition, substantive reasons call for large families.

1) Every society needs the morality of children raised in the "discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4). For sure, Christian children are not always raised in that manner, but a recent increased interest in biblical principles for the home and in Christian education gives us hope for improvement. Truly, today's emphasis on birth and population control is a great opportunity for the advancement of Christianity. With larger families Christians can become a larger percentage of society, and with proper biblical training, advance the Christian worldview that has given rise to the greatness of the Western world. At a lesser level large families are necessary for Christians to defend themselves against staunch and widespread opposition to the Bible as a basis of morality and law.44

2) God's primary fulfillment of the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20) is through the family. The marital institution is sanctified by the forces of redemptive grace to such an extent that it is made one of the main channels for the accomplishment of God's saving purpose in the world.45

The application of the following Proverb seems appropriate to this purpose.

In a multitude of people is a king's glory

But in a dearth of people is a prince's ruin. Proverbs 14:28



Christians who are not familiar with Covenant Theology may not know that God's promises in the Old Testament were covenantal. That is, He made covenants with certain people and their "seed" (Genesis 9:9, 17:7, 35:12). The inclusion of the children is also clear in the New Testament (Acts 2:39). Certainly, the discipleship inherent in the Great Commission has the potential to be most thorough for the children of Christians.

3) Parents can be more easily cared for by several children if they become unable to provide for themselves. This biblical picture seems foreign because our culture has distorted the continuing relationship of the extended family, and placed the responsibility on the federal government (e.g. Social Security).

4) Advantages exist for the children as well. Children learn to share of necessity and to have fewer "things" in large families. They have to interact more frequently and with more personalities in close situations. To have spending money, they have to earn more of it for themselves. With this training, after they leave home they will have more potential resources for help in difficult circumstances. Since children have sinful natures that must be trained. I am aware of the difficulties that will occur with more children. I contend, however, that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

by Member on Feb. 25, 2018 at 3:51 AM
"Biblical world view" is a common phrase among some Christians. Frankly I think he's likely using it for more personal or political gains, but I could be wrong.
by on Feb. 25, 2018 at 3:56 AM
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Oh my....
Pro Bible, anti-science in charge of the EPA.

Does he actually believe there was “ Adam and Eve”?
He mentioned them.

Oh good grief.
Where does Trump find these people?
This guy and Pence...

Oh Canada....🇨🇦
by Bronze Member on Feb. 25, 2018 at 4:20 AM
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What does one expect from a guy who has repeatedly rejected science in favor of his religion?
by Ruby Member on Feb. 25, 2018 at 4:21 AM

Quoting themrs007: "Biblical world view" is a common phrase among some Christians. Frankly I think he's likely using it for more personal or political gains, but I could be wrong.

The church he regularly attends (First Baptist in Broken Arrow, OK) is part of the Southern Baptist Convention. (LINK)

They do seem to use the phrase "biblical worldview" a lot (link)

On anthropogenic global climate change, they seem pretty split, though possibly moving towards accepting it as real.

by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2018 at 4:50 AM
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Christianity is indeed one of the least environmentally friendly world views out there. Not many religions are as disconnected from nature and its intrinsic value as Christianity is.

by KayGee on Feb. 25, 2018 at 9:03 AM
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Someone who sued the EPA several times was put in charge of the EPA. His appointment has never made sense.
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