March 3, 2008
New Book Edited by Whitworth Professor Calls Christians to Address Challenges of Global Climate Change
A new book, Christians, the Care of Creation, and Global Climate Change (2008, Pickwick Publications), edited by Whitworth Modern Languages Professor Lindy Scott, Ph.D., offers a breath of fresh air on the complex and often controversial topic of global climate change. The book features a diverse set of presentations by environmental experts and Wheaton College faculty, administrators and alumni that serve as a primer on climate change and a case study of what the Wheaton community is doing to respond to environmental challenges.
Christians, the Care of Creation, and Global Climate Change is organized into two sections. The first section, "Panel Discussion on Global Climate Change," addresses the implications for global health, the economics of global warming, and global solutions. The second section, "A Christian College Takes Some Initial Steps," details the actions Wheaton College administrators, faculty and students are taking to address environmental issues.
According to Scott, "Christians, the Care of Creation, and Global Climate Change is a cogent and persuasive call to love God and our neighbors by caring for creation – especially in light of the dramatic climate changes occurring before our eyes. This book is not the final word on the subject, but it is a sincere invitation to examine the scientific evidence for global warming and to respond with individual and collective faithful actions."
Contributors include Sir John Houghton, an authority on climate change who was chairman of scientific assessment for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1988-2002. The IPCC was recently selected as the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (together with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore), largely due to Houghton's work. Other contributors include Wheaton College alumnus Douglas Allen, who teaches physics, astronomy, and environmental studies at Dordt College and is a former researcher at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Jeff Greenburg, a geology professor at Wheaton who founded the college's Environmental Science Program; and Wheaton alumnus Ben Lowe, outreach director for Christians in Conservation/A Rocha USA.
"This book and the two Wheaton conferences that gave rise to it – one organized by students, the other by the administration – are further signs that Christians are waking up to the profound challenge of climate change and the opportunities it presents to create a better world," wrote Jim Ball, president of the Evangelical Environment Network, in a review. "When both college administrations and students start to lead, the rest of the Christian community will not be far behind. [This is] an important book for understanding this growing movement for positive change."
Whitworth University is among the higher-education institutions leading environmental-stewardship efforts across campuses nationwide. Whitworth President Bill Robinson was one of the first Christian university presidents to sign both the Evangelical Climate Initiative and the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. In signing the climate commitment, Robinson joined 427 other college and university presidents who have pledged to pursue campus climate neutrality through tracking and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, integrating sustainability into the curriculum, following Green Building Council's recommendations in new campus construction, and participating in other sustainable practices.
Scott, who teaches Spanish and Latin American Studies at Whitworth, holds a doctorate from Northwestern University and two master's degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Scott previously taught for 12 years at Wheaton College, where he directed the Center for Applied Christian Ethics. He is co-editor of the book Terrorism and the War in Iraq: A Christian Word from Latin America (2004) and editor of the Journal of Latin American Theology: Christian Reflections from the Latino South. He is also the U.S.A. coordinator for Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana (Latin American Theological Fellowship) and was the recipient of the Christian Writer of the Year Award presented by the Asociación Cristiana de Periodismo, in Mexico.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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