EEN is Marching for Science

Representatives from the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (Y.E.C.A.) will participate in the first-ever March for Science this Saturday, April 22, on The Mall in Washington, DC.

Here is the stated Mission of the March, according to the official website:

"The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest."

“We agree 100% with the stated Mission of the March for Science,” said the Rev. Jim Ball, Ph.D., EEN’s Executive Vice President, who will be EEN’s senior representative at the DC March for Science.

But EEN also has its own distinct reasons for participating.  For EEN defending science is part of what it means to be pro-life. “To defend our children, including the unborn, from pollution we need to know the facts.  Science provides those facts,” said the Rev. Mitch Hescox, EEN’s President/CEO.

“When it comes to problems like climate change, or toxic chemicals, or air pollution, science and religion are wellsprings of wisdom that are both needed to address them.  Science helps provide the facts.  Religion helps guide and motivate us to address these problems,” said Rev. Ball.

“Defunding science, attacking scientists because you don’t like the facts – it’s foolish and dangerous,” added Rev. Ball, author of Global Warming and the Risen LORD: Christian Discipleship and Climate Change.  “As our banner that we will march with states, “Climate Science: It’s a Matter of Life,” said Ball.

Young Christians also understand the vital part science plays.  “As we prepare to inherit a rapidly warming world, Y.E.C.A. affirms the critical role that scientific exploration and creativity will play in solving the current climate crisis,” said Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, Y.E.C.A.’s national spokesperson.

That evangelicals are supporting scientists might strike some as surprising, given the perceived wariness between the two communities.  To increase understanding, for the past several years the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have been in dialogue.  One outcome was a booklet by the NAE for pastors and churches, When God and Science Meet (2015).  Prominent evangelical pastor and author the Rev. John Ortberg, Ph.D., wrote one of the chapters, and had this to say:

“Those in your congregation who are doing science ... are doing a noble thing. They are reading the book of nature and the book of Scripture together. They are obeying God’s command to exercise dominion, to learn about and steward the earth. Those of us who are not scientists should be grateful and admiring. We should be cheering them on” (p. 30).

EEN heartily concurs with Rev. Ortberg’s support of scientists, including those within our own congregations.

 

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