Creation Care and Climate Change

There is no inherent reason for a scientist to not be a Christian, nor for a Christian to care deeply about the creation.

From the Harvard Divinity Bulletin: The Greening of Jesus by Mark Pinsky.

Riding the train down to London last summer, after a two-week fellowship session on science and religion at the University of Cambridge, I noticed an article in the Independent newspaper about a new book which reinforced that notion of an increasingly irreligious Europe. It is true that outward signs of faith—apart from biblical passages emblazoned on London’s famed red double-decker buses by—are difficult to come by.

But I found deeply felt Christianity alive and well in an unlikely setting: the academy’s scientific community. To many, this may seem counterintuitive. The evangelical theologian Alister McGrath told us he once believed that “science was the ally of atheism.” Yet among our other lecturers at the Templeton-Cambridge program were major figures in science, from cosmologists to biologists to particle physicists, who pronounced themselves believers. Of course, given the interests of the late Sir John Templeton, who endowed the fellowships, in the relationship between science and religion, this should not have been surprising.

Still, these towering figures—Simon Conway Morris, John Polkinghorne, Sir Brian Heap, Sir John Houghton—characterized themselves as evangelicals as well. Polkinghorne, author of Science and Theology, preaches at a Cambridge church on weekends. To be sure, these are evangelicals of a particular sort. By and large, they reject creationism and intelligent design, embracing the concept of “theistic evolution,” a God-created, billions-years-old universe. None numbered themselves among any of the apocalyptic American evangelical tribes of arrogant dominionists or fanciful premillennial dispensationalists of the “Left Behind” stripe.

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The article goes on to describe the increasing acceptance of man-made global warming in the Evangelical community, led by Evangelical Christians such as Sir John Houghton, former head of the British Meteorological Office.

The Harvard divinity school is hardly a bastion of Evangelicalism, the article contains a good description of what is going on.

HT: Crunchy Con

Grace and Peace

One thought on “Creation Care and Climate Change

  1. Tim Helble

    Something hit me about this the other week when I was thinking about that famous scene in “An Inconvenient Truth” when Al Gore is up in the cherry picker next to the graphic showing 650,000 years of earth temperature and atmospheric CO2. The young earth creationist believes the earth is 6,000 to maybe 10,000 years old, so when the YEC sees Al Gore talking about 650,000 years of data, he says to himself “well, we know that millions and millions of years stuff is baloney, therefore this global warming stuff must also be baloney.” Therefore, so many American Christians are totally unconcerned about climate change.

    Compounding the problem at the other end of the time scale is premillenial dispensationalism – the attitude of so many Christians is “why worry about the environment, Jesus is coming back soon anyway” (an exact quote of a cousin of mine).

    Martin and Vaughn have written a thought provoking book on the relationship between Genesis and Revelation – I bought a bunch of copies at


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