Science

Faith and politics mix to drive evangelical Christians’ climate change denial

By Adrian Bardon — September 11, 2020

(The Conversation) — Does religion predispose people against climate science? Studies link a belief in miracles and an afterlife with lower estimates of the risks posed by climate change.

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With new document, Vatican implements practical steps for environmental sustainability

By Claire Giangravé — June 18, 2020

(RNS) — From promoting environmental studies in schools and universities to eliminating pesticide use at the Vatican, the new document offers an ambitious plan to encourage sustainability around the world.

Canadian Catholic bishop funds research for a safe and efficient coronavirus vaccine

By Claire Giangravé — May 11, 2020

(RNS) — ‘May the search for COVID-19 solutions also be a moment of solidarity, of collaboration, and of growing together,’ said Archbishop J. Michael Miller of the archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada.

Yale’s popular happiness class gains an online following among the socially distanced

By Yonat Shimron — April 27, 2020

(RNS) — More than 2.2 million people have enrolled in the 10-week online class called ‘The Science of Well-Being,’ which explores the things people think will make them happy — and the things that actually bring lasting life satisfaction.

For first time, survey finds majority of pastors says global warming is real, man-made

By Adelle M. Banks — April 21, 2020

(RNS) — In previous studies, researchers found pastors were more skeptical of human-caused climate change.

Standing Rock Sioux celebrate ‘significant legal win’ in DAPL fight

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 31, 2020

(RNS) — A federal judge has ordered a new environmental review for the Dakota Access pipeline in what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is celebrating as a “significant legal win.”

Pray and wash: Religion joins with science amid virus crisis

By Elana Schor — March 13, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — ‘Science is a wonderful arena of truth and understanding truth. It is an amazing tool that can help human flourishing. We just believe it can’t address all truth that exists,’ said D.J. Jenkins, pastor at Anthology Church in Studio City, California.

Amish farmers have a ‘complicated relationship’ with nature, are skeptical of climate change

By Elizabeth E. Evans — February 14, 2020

LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) — Amish farmers may embrace a simple, back to the earth lifestyle, but they may not embrace the ‘creation care’ theology of Christian environmentalists.

Pope Francis reflects on 3 decades of international cooperation on climate change

By Claire Giangravé — November 7, 2019

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Only a few days after the United States officially gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, Pope Francis took the opportunity to praise a gathering of environmental regulators meeting in Rome this week. 

Meditation apps proliferate, even if what they provide is not enlightenment

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — October 15, 2019

(RNS) — Some teachers worry that corporate America’s adoption of Buddhism’s spiritual practice could be used for unethical purposes.

The science of Sabbath: How people are rediscovering rest—and claiming its benefits

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 25, 2019

(RNS) — People of different faiths are rediscovering the practice of Sabbath, and some point to science suggesting such a day of rest — including time away from social media and digital devices — benefits longevity and mental health.

To save the planet, we need faith, ethics, science and economics

By Thomas Reese — September 25, 2019

(RNS) — Responding to climate change requires a moral vision that puts the poor and future generations on an equal footing with ourselves.

People of faith know what must be done on climate change

By John L. McCullough, Rudelmar Bueno de Faria — September 20, 2019

(RNS) — Noah’s prophetic witness called on his community to heed the darkening skies and take action to save their world before it was too late. 

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