I found this article on an Orthodox blog and I thought I would share it with you all. I thought it was rather thought provoking. To me, it showed that there is a double standard amongst the secularists who deride Christians for trusting in Christ, the Church, apostolic traditions, etc. yet expect people to accept scientific findings and "proofs" because a scientist said so. Just because he/she holds a PhD, we are obliged to listen to him/her.
That's not science, the unsubstantiated opinion of a scientist with a Ph.D. is no more credible than the unsubstantiated opinion of a bum on the street corner. I don't accept Relativity because Einstein said it was true, I accept it because I've sat down, gone through the calculations and derivations, realized it was theoretically sound, then looked at the data from Eddington's eclipse photographs to the differences in atomic clocks at different elevations to relative changes in atomic clocks in flight. And I don't trust the atomic clock because I was told it was accurate, but because I've seen the experiments and statistical data that demonstrate the consistency of vibrations of a caesium 133 atom.
Sure, at first you have to have a little trust in the person presenting the data, you have to assume they didn't fabricate it or make a mistake in observation, but soon the results will be replicated if they are valid, you'll have more data that corroborates, and eventually even more...with each iteration increasing the confidence level in the theory.
You don't have to have faith that a scientist is telling the truth (and you never should): their data, calculations, and publications will tell you the validity of their statements.
That's my problem with AGW, I don't really care if it's happening or not, but I'm not going to adopt a scientific theory that has not openly presented its supporting data, methodologies, and calculations to the entire scientific community. If I can't sit down and independently verify the validity of the assumptions and accuracy of the calculations, you might as well just call it a religion and preach it from the pulpit...it has that much credibility.