Scientists and evangelicals unite

This is the best news I’ve heard in years, something I have always thought about – harnessing the popularity and power of religion to save the planet.

This morning, scientific and evangelical leaders announced a collaborative effort to protect our environment from anthropogenic threats.

‘We dare to imagine a world in which science and religion cooperate, minimizing our differences about how Creation got started to work together to reverse its degradation,’ Rev. Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, said at the announcement in Washington, D.C.

Alright! As well as giving new life and blood to the environmental movement, it may also take the wind of Mr. Bush’s sails, along with the rest of the neo-cons who have hijacked the Christian religious agenda. And which side would a truly religious person be on – a group that despoils the natural world and kills indiscriminately, or a group that is struggling to save the creation and save the human species from its own folly?

With Edward O. Wilson on board, the science side has a lot of clout (and facial hair). And I am sure that a great many scientists would let the whole creation/evolution problem slide if the aims of the groups of the same – saving the natural world. You might be saving it for the greater glory of God, or for the fact that it is a rather nice place, but the end result is the same.

So I offer this deal to all religious people. I will turn off my (considerable) anti-religious wrath and admit that you can believe what you want, proof or no proof, if you will correctly answer 2 questions for me:

1: Should the natural and physical worlds be saved?

2: Should we use science or prayer to do it?

Answer those properly and I take your hand and together we will march forward and save this fucking lump of rock and bollox we call home.

Go read the full article here. And then let the Bush-beating begin!

/ paddy

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