Just over a week ago the world was stunned by Typhoon Haiyan’s impact on the Philippines. While governments, charities, and individuals mobilize to provide as much aid as possible to the storm’s victims, some say these compassionate efforts fail to address the big picture topic of humans’ role in “natural disasters.” Arguing that climate change denial is a sin, the Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlewaite recently wrote a provocative piece for the Washington Post exploring the moral problem of denying the role of humanity in global climate change. Rev. Thistlewaite is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a theology professor at Chicago Theological Seminary. You’ll also hear some words from Welton on the importance of compassion in the face of massive human suffering.

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