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By Thomas B. Fowler, Catholic Culture, May 21, 2024

Thomas Fowler Sc.D. has been analyzing data and programs for 50 years, serving as a consultant to government agencies. He has also been a professor of mathematics, physics, and engineering, and is the author of four books and 145 articles, several dealing with the climate change issue. He is especially concerned about the increasing polticization of science and engineering, and its effect on student education and the ability of elected officials to make accurate judgments.


Along with some other major leaders and many popular pundits around the world, Pope Francis has increasingly emphasized the dangers of man-made (anthropogenic) global warming. He even seems quite frequently to make it our top spiritual priority to respond to this threat. Unfortunately, it is even more dangerous for scientific questions to be settled either politically or religiously. Rather, scientific questions must be settled using the methods proper to science.

Therefore, whenever any new scientific theory is proposed, there are several questions that need to be asked

  1. What causes and effects are proposed?

  2. Does each cause precede its effects?

  3. In the case of phenomena that cannot be investigated in a laboratory, what does the historical record show?

  4. What specific predictions does the theory make? …..

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