A Christian college embroiled in a controversy over a "clarification" made to its statement of faith about Adam and Eve will lay off 20 of its 173 employees.
Steven Livesay, the president of Bryan College of Dayton, Tennessee, announced the decision in an email to faculty and staff on Friday, blaming the school's low enrollment on budget cuts.
According to the Times Free Press, 2014 was Bryan's largest graduating class, while 2012 and 2013 enrolled record low numbers of students, meaning that projected enrollment for the fall had declined by roughly 100 students. more >>
Pope Francis warned at the Vatican on Wednesday that if humans destroy God's "greatest gift," which is creation itself, it will in turn destroy them.
"He urged people to nurture and safeguard Creation as God's greatest gift to us, because while God always forgives, Creation never forgives and – he warned – if we destroy Creation, in the end it will destroy us," The Vatican Radio reported on Francis' remarks.
The Vatican leader also reflected that the "gift of knowledge" should steer people away from wrong attitudes, such as "considering ourselves masters of Creation. Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude." more >>
As people in Southern California continue evacuating from wildfire-scorched areas, authorities have said there are suspensions over how the fires got started. A badly burned body, the first reported casualty, was also found late Thursday in a San Diego suburb.
"We all have suspicions like the public does when we have nine fires that started all over the county," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said, according to ABC News. "We are actively investigating the start of those fires."
While dry conditions and high temperatures are said to have left the area prone to such natural disasters, officials will be looking into the possibility that some of the fires could have been started intentionally. more >>
A North Carolina church is going green by installing solar panels on their rooftop in an effort to save costs and become more environmentally friendly.
Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh added 136 panels that will eventually provide about 15 percent of the church's electricity. Church leaders hope their efforts will inspire others to also practice environmental stewardship.
"We would love to be a resource and model to other churches looking to make wise longer term decisions to be better stewards of that which has been entrusted to us," Tom Lamb, facilities administrator at Highland told The Christian Post. more >>
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" defended the recent White House climate change report calling for major action in a recent appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," while host S. E. Cupp accused scientists of "bullying" anyone who doesn't agree with them on climate change.
"How do you want to get public consensus? By saying that it is not happening? That is not serious? That shorelines aren't flooding?" Nye asked in response to Cupp saying that despite recent reports on the negative impact of climate change, polling numbers have shown that only 36 percent of Americans believe it is a serious threat.
The "Crossfire" host then accused scientists like Nye of "bullying" those who disagree with such reports, and the government of trying to use "scare tactics" on people. more >>
An evangelical Christian scientist has been named one of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world for her work with the environment and advocacy for action on climate change.
"I am honored to be included in the TIME 100 list," Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, scientific adviser to the Evangelical Environmental Network and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, said after the announcement.
"Even more so, I am encouraged to see climate change emerging as an urgent concern. With 97 percent of climate scientists agreeing that climate change is happening due to the choices people make every day, I am a spokesperson with one principal goal – to bring public awareness to the simple truth that the scientific debate is over, and now it's time for all of us to take action. I'm grateful to TIME for bringing further visibility to my work and to everyone who is standing up to climate change around the world," she added. more >>