"The Endangered Species Act is our Noah's Ark and Congress and special interests are trying to sink it!"
Cal DeWitt's angry words vaulted into the New York Times, triggering a conservative Christian countermovement that led to derailing a congressional bill to kill the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that had been signed into law by President Nixon two decades earlier.
In early 1996, DeWitt was a professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin. As a boy growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, DeWitt had been steeped in the teachings of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). He had also spent his childhood roaming his surrounding woods, fields, and wetlands. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest from Kenya is mobilizing churches and believers to tackle the growing slaughter of rhinos and elephants, arguing that humans are supposed to help protect, not destroy, animals and the environment.
"I'm raising awareness that conserving the environment and protecting the animals is also serving God. This is rooted in our doctrines, our scriptures, [our] social teachings," Fr. Dr. Charles Odira, who heads the Commission for Pastoral and Lay Apostolate at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in an interview with National Geographic.
"Therefore, we're supposed to be stewards, not destroyers. It is from this perspective we're making people understand and take this as divine obligation." more >>
"Noah" Director Darren Aronofsky has responded to accusations that the titular character was portrayed as an "environmental wacko" in his movie, by arguing that in the Bible, Noah saved animals, not babies, on the ark.
"It's in Genesis," Aronofsky said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour posted on Tuesday. "Noah is saving the animals; he's not out there saving innocent babies, he's saving the animals, he's saving creation." more >>
Christian author and spoken-word artist Jefferson Bethke took to social media to express his enthusiasm for the upcoming "Noah" film. He also expressed his confusion on why Christians have been so critical of the movie's fidelity to the Bible.
"Does anyone else find it fascinating that Son of God got little backlash, because it was marketed to Christians & churches, yet Noah isn't marketed to the Church and is getting a ton of backlash? Even though both took substantial creative license," Bethke tweeted on Monday.
Steve Patton, a California pastor, responded to Bethke, suggesting that the reaction of Christians might have had something to do with the faith background of those promoting "Noah," as "Son of God's" producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey were not shy about sharing about their Christian faith while doing press for the movie. more >>
Evangelicals are speaking out on the recent controversy surrounding climate change after former House speaker Newt Gingrich called Secretary of State John Kerry "delusional" and asked him to resign after the latter designated climate change as the "greatest challenge of our generation."
"We don't need partisanship when it comes to climate change. While climate change is a grave human health concern we miss the opportunities to innovate and create that next generation energy breakthrough when we make the conversation about gloom and doom," Evangelical Environmental Network President & CEO Rev. Mitch Hescox shared with The Christian Post in an email on Wednesday.
"We believe that God is asking all of us to be better stewards of His world and that means looking at the challenges to human life and working together to create opportunity and a clean environment for our children." more >>
Despite what conclusions many Americans have arrived at following Ken Ham and Bill Nye's creation and evolution debate earlier this month, a new survey suggests that science and religion might not be nearly as antithetical as suggested by popular culture.
According to Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund, who presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Sunday, Evangelical Protestants were far more likely than the general public to believe that science and religion could work together.
"We found that nearly 50 percent of Evangelicals believe that science and religion can work together and support one another," Ecklund, the Autrey professor of sociology and director of Rice's religion and public life program, said in a statement. "That's in contrast to the fact that only 38 percent of Americans feel that science and religion can work in collaboration." more >>