On religion, science, and global warming

Rev. Jeff Courter
Posted 8/31/19

This past week, news of fires across the Amazon made headlines. The Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg also made headlines, sailing across the Atlantic to speak to the United Nations in New York …

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On religion, science, and global warming

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This past week, news of fires across the Amazon made headlines.

The Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg also made headlines, sailing across the Atlantic to speak to the United Nations in New York about climate change. And many of our churches did not speak of any of this.

Why is this uncommon in many churches?

I suspect because of the divisive rhetoric in our nation today, and the divide it has fostered between religion and science.

But until religion and science can work together, we will not be able to effectively fight the catastrophes that await us with the changing climate. Religion has long been suspicious of science, perhaps with some reason.

Some blame science for causing some Christians to walk away from their faith.

However, science has also had its own share of problems – the petroleum industry was created by scientists, and science created the plastics which pollute our lands and seas.

Today, however, we cannot ignore the voice of those scientists who tells us our world is warming rapidly.

When over 90% of climatologists say a catastrophe is looming, their alarm should worry all of us. But the Gospel message is one of hope, and our planet needs a message of hope these days.

That’s why increasing numbers of churches are listening and partnering with scientists and engineers to try to stem the tide of global warming, with technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps. While this may not answer every problem of the world, it is a positive step.

In a world of burning jungles, it’s a step in the right direction, and that’s something we need right now.

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