A professor at an evangelical university in Southern California claims that evangelicals are becoming more convinced of the evidence for man-made global warming ahead of Earth Day this Sunday.
Mark McReynolds, assistant professor of Environmental Science at Biola University, said, "Evangelicals, like the rest of our society, are coming around to the real evidence of global climate change. It is a big, complicated topic, with many implications for us in the U.S."
"Climate scientists are in near unanimity that the evidence speaks loudly for human-caused climate change and the general public is slowly understanding the issue and its implications." more >>
A nuclear energy expert believes that the U.S. government is "too involved" in the nuclear energy business and that there needs to be more "free market" in the industry.
Jack Spencer, research fellow of nuclear energy policy at the Heritage Foundation, told The Christian Post, "I am not a big fan of current federal policy on nuclear energy. I think that the government is too involved with nuclear energy issues."
"I think the government should stick to setting high regulatory standards and then allow the industry to go about the business of producing energy." more >>
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, in a spirited interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, said that amniocentesis, a type of prenatal test, should not be mandated by the government because its purpose is to abort the disabled. He also clarified that he was not suggesting that President Obama is not a Christian when he referred to his views on the environment as "phony theology."
"The bottom line is that a lot of prenatal tests are done to identify deformities in utero and the customary procedure is to encourage abortions," Santorum asserted.
Santorum had said in a Saturday speech in Ohio that the Affordable Care Act, which he called "Obamacare," requires prenatal testing because it reduces health care costs by leading to abortions of disabled children. more >>
Pastors seem to spend very little time addressing environmental issues in churches, and some critics suspect that might be due to fears of being labeled "liberal." The church leaders who see the importance of God's creation say it should not be so. Caring for God's creation is an important part of the Scriptures, those unafraid of the label "green" have been telling The Christian Post.
According to The National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE), an interfaith nonprofit, evangelical ethics of caring for creation rests on the foundations of several key biblical teachings, such as: "Honoring God as Creator by respecting His handiwork (Psalm 19, 121, Job 38, Job 39);" "Obeying God's command to humanity's first parents to care for the earth and its creatures (Genesis 2);" "Following God's call to love our neighbors, especially those who are poor and less powerful (Deuteronomy 6, Luke 10, Matthew 22, Mark 12);" and "Furthering Christ's work of reconciling all things to God (Colossians 1, Romans 8)."
These beliefs are often referred to by pastors as the "stewardship of creation," a belief that it is one's Christian duty to take care of the earth, which was created by God – and that the Bible urges one to do so. more >>
Barack Obama's Wednesday decision to appease his liberal base and reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline may hurt his chances with independents and some Democrats who favor jobs and energy independence over the environment.
The president's Wednesday decision to reject a Republican plan for a U.S. partnership with energy company Transcanada energized environmentalists who assert the project would have produced three times more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional crude oil.
However, the decision will likely hinder his ability to connect with Americans who crossed party lines to support the pipeline. more >>
Water Missions International has launched its "Water Sunday" project, which encourages churches from across the United States to educate their congregations about the 884 million people around the world lacking access to clean water – and the 1.4 million children who die each year as a result of this crisis.
The project will also seek to inspire churches to host a fundraiser one Sunday in March, which is also the same month as World Water Day on March 22. Funds raised will be used to aid communities around the world by building water treatment systems that will clean their water and make it safe.
Kevin Herr, the Church Engagement coordinator at Water Missions, shared in a phone interview with The Christian Post how the organization got started and the mission that drives it forward. more >>