The Common Good
April 2006

Green (and Not So Green) Evangelicals

by Rose Marie Berger | April 2006

In February, 86 evangelical leaders declared climate change a Christian priority and lent their support to political initiatives to fight global warming, saying “The earth’s ...

In February, 86 evangelical leaders declared climate change a Christian priority and lent their support to political initiatives to fight global warming, saying “The earth’s natural systems are resilient but not infinitely so, and human civilizations are remarkably dependent on ecological stability and well-being.” The statement, which was launched by the Evangelical Climate Initiative (ChristiansandClimate.org), was signed by the presidents of 39 evangelical colleges and leaders of faith-based aid groups, such as World Vision and World Relief.

A week earlier the National Association of Evangelicals refused to take a stand on global warming after receiving pressure from religious conservatives—a retreat from the group’s historic declaration in October 2004 that human beings did not have “a license to abuse the creation of which we are a part.” The NAE backed away from the issue after it received a letter from 20 right-wing religious leaders, some of them members of the “Interfaith Stewardship Alliance,” demanding “that the NAE not adopt any official position on the issue of global climate change.”

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