Science

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who brought Judaism to a global audience, dies
By Yonat Shimron — November 8, 2020
(RNS) — The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom won a large audience for his ability to reconcile the particularities of Judaism with universal concerns.
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2,500 evangelicals sign pandemic statement warning: Don’t ignore science
By Yonat Shimron — August 19, 2020
(RNS) — The statement, drafted by BioLogos, sends a pointed message: ‘ … when Dr. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, tells us what scientists have learned about this infectious disease, he should be listened to.’
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 Roxanne Stone — 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.