It’s no surprise that many Conservative Evangelical Christians get labeled as anti-science and anti-thought. They’ve practically given themselves this label as a badge of honor. They reject science as an affront to their own religious beliefs and faith. They’ve learned to not think. Does it have to be that way?
Today we’ll talk about two alarming trends within conservative Christianity: anti-vaccination and anti-climate change. Yes, I know it’s easy to dismiss these both as an anti-intellect problem (and you wouldn’t be wrong), but it’s more insidious than that. It’s frankly rooted in bad theology.
God never called us to be purposefully ignorant, and this self-made line between religion and science was never meant to be there. If we’re made in the image of God, then we should live to be fully human and that includes using our intellect in how we engage the world with both faith and facts.
Join us as we talk about the damages of fearing vaccines and denying climate change. Spoiler alert: God cares about the environment, and Jesus wants you to care for your kids by vaccinating them. Christians, these issues aren’t about faith. They’re about responsibility. Stop using fear and escapism to inform your cheap version of Christianity. Neither of these are God ordained. So think Christians, think!
Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.
• Life happens, especially when you have kids. It’s rarely expected, often embarrassing, but ultimately you just have to laugh. Take this example of a rogue kiddo as he interrupts a weatherman mid-broadcast to offer his own weather prediction, “There are farts everywhere. And toots!!” Someone hire this kid pronto. I want him to give me the weather every day.
• As a parent, we’ve always had those moments when the kiddos crash the party, interrupt a phone call or say something inappropriate (that they learned from us). This instance of a kid-tastrophe happened live during a BBC interview. I definitely believe this deserves to be in the parenting hall of fame. Hats off to Professor Robert E. Kelly, of Pusan National University in South Korea for keeping it together. Bonus points for his wife for cleaning up the hilarious carnage. We’ve all be there.
• Say hello to Madison, the newest viral video star. After winds swept through the state of Ohio last week, they had power outages and mass destruction. The winds were even enough to make four-year old, Madison Gardner fly.
• Can twenty-one kids take on Trump and the fossil fuel industry? I truly hope so.
There’s a showdown a-brewin’ in the courts that has Trump taking on a group of organized and motivated young people from the advocacy group, Our Children’s Trust. Per their website, “Our Children’s Trust elevates the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for the benefit of all present and future generations.”
From Mashable: “If successful, this first-of-its-kind lawsuit could force even a skeptical government to curb carbon dioxide emissions and help communities adapt to the effects of global warming.”