August 14, 2009 Posted by Amy Hall
Earlier this week, I guest blogged over at Caffeinated Thoughts on this question:
[P]redictions [from the Left] of resource depletion leading to disaster have still not come true. The question is, why do they continue to wrongly predict these things? What is behind this mistake? What are they missing?
The gist of my answer (which I owe to Jay Richards and his book, Money, Greed and God):
A materialist sees a human being as a consumer only and so thinks that we must keep population down to match the resources we currently possess. But the fact is that the non-material contributions we humans make to the world end up causing us to produce more than we consume. This is why in a free economy where people are allowed to flourish, the market is able to grow. Production and resources increase because we, as human beings, are more than the sum of our materials.
Read the rest of the explanation here. (And please note that I do not think every person on the Left, particularly if a Christian, would consider himself to be a materialist. However, the ideas of the Left were conceived in and grew out of a materialist worldview. That being the case, the ideas still bear the marks (and problems) of materialism.)