Science meet religion. Religion meet science.

Wed, 2007-01-17 15:45Bill Miller
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Science meet religion. Religion meet science.

A coalition of scientists and religious leaders, often at odds, have shelved their differences in pursuit of a common goal to protect the world from global warming, pollution, species extinction and other “reckless human activities.”

ABC News reports that scientists and evangelical Christian leaders have formed an alliance called Saving the Creation and declared that “We believe the protection of life on Earth is a profound moral imperative.”

The coalition includes the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents 45,000 churches in the US. A year ago, the NAE refused to endorse an initiative signed by 86 religious leaders that called global warming a real and urgent moral problem.

Now, an NAE official said the board unanimously approved the new alliance between science and religion, and that he's also seeing more concern about climate and environmental issues coming from the local church level.

Comments

I believe only a one-word response to this news item is necessary: Amen!

Amen? Whatever happened to seperation of church and state? Or does that only apply to issues one is opposed to? Regards,

.. and state??
There is nothing wrong with moderate religious groups sharing moral goals with secular elements of society, including science. This in fact has been common in the past 150 years following Darwin. Conceptually of course there are differences between the intellectual underpinning of each group. But there are differences between all of us. The question becomes, do we emphasize our differences, or do we work on our common goals. The latter is likely to promote a more civil society. Many, many early scientists were raised in religious families which often helped crystalize their values. Given the enormity of the situation facing earth, the sooner we begin working together with moderate religious groups, the better.

What I find interesting is the iron-clad insistence on seperation of church and state when a religious group advocates on a moral value (which is what churches do) and then the about face advocating church/state confluence when it meets an environmental goal. If seperation of church and state is valid, it should be applied on all matters, including the environment. Regards,

Churches can’t actually make or enforce environment laws.
… that is, if you mean “separation of church and state”.