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Our churches are often divided over climate change. A discussion of the topic will generate much heat–and whether it is a heat that illuminates or burns is unclear… Yet there are ways to talk productively about climate change.
“Talk about it.” Those three words are what Katharine Hayhoe tells the church and every other community to do if they want to learn how to support the long-term well-being of Earth and all its inhabitants.
What sounds of leaves rustling in the wind have I missed when I take a walk with my iPhone and air pods stuck in my ears? Has my vision for the crow or the owl been diminished by the hours I stare into a computer screen? Underneath the electric lamps (both indoors and out), have I lost what the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard called “the view of the stars”?
The summer months can provide more of an opportunity for long-form content. Here, we offer our 2021 recommendations for books and films with the hope that, like us, you have extra bandwidth in July and August to sit with them.
It’s been one of the serendipities of the past year to have met the Rev. Dr. Edgardo Rosado, pastor, scholar, community leader, and (from what we’ve heard) a rockin’ electric bass player. Rev. Dr. Rosado provides us with fresh insights on connecting faith and science for Hispanic Christians.
Scripture includes veiled faces and countless expressions of emotion. The most famous smile comes in the priestly blessing from Numbers 6: “The Lord make his face to shine upon you.”… It penetrates through the masks that separate us from God and now from one another.
So you might ask, “Why did you become an artist?” I think it’s connected. Art and science are deeply connected. My father always said that, and I believe that. He would sit in front of my paintings for two hours and tell me what he was sensing.
“Trouble is opportunity.” I don’t think Sir John Marks Templeton was the first to coin that phrase, but I heard it a lot during my decade working for his foundation. It was one of his investment...
In Stone Age Minds, we acknowledge that our environments are constantly changing and ask: How do we become like Christ as ourselves, not just some cookie cutter lookalike version of Jesus? The book is focused using evolutionary psychology in a constructive manner to enable people to become who God created them to be.
Connecting real, messy Christianity with science can be gloriously liberating. (Science is messy too, but that’s a topic for another day.) This interaction can never be this neat. But to admit it is liberation.
Nature titled their video summary of this research, “Less is More.” It is in this consideration of less and more that I find connections to Scripture. How often does God do more with less? Think of Jesus feeding thousands with just five loaves and two fish. Or how the church that today is a global movement of a couple billion persons began with twelve disciples.
That’s why I bring science to church today: studying God’s glorious Creation is good for my soul, and it’s good for the church. In fact, as I heard at a science and religion conference a few years ago, “Every scientist I know began with a profound experience with nature.”