Major new report: Loving the Least of These

The National Association of Evangelicals (the US affiliate of the World Evangelical Alliance) has just reissued it’s Loving the Least of These report (click here for a free download). Authored by Dr. Dorothy Boorse of Gordon College, a longtime friend of the LWCCN, who also wrote the first edition more than a decade ago.

The theology and science in this document are impressive, but even more so the case-study sidebars. This should be a useful resource for anyone preparing a talk on this topic, or to share with others who are not yet quite convinced that climate change and creation care are indeed central to the Christian faith.

The update has received a surprising (and welcome!) amount of media attention:

This from the Washington Post:

The National Association of Evangelicals has unveiled a sweeping report on global climate change, laying out what its authors call the “biblical basis” for environmental activism to help spur fellow evangelicals to address the planetary crisis.

“Creation, although groaning under the fall, is still intended to bless us. However, for too many in this world, the beach isn’t about sunscreen and bodysurfing but is a daily reminder of rising tides and failed fishing,” reads the report’s introduction, penned by NAE President Walter Kim. “Instead of a gulp of fresh air from a lush forest, too many children take a deep breath only to gasp with the toxic air that has irritated their lungs.”

And from The Hill:

The National Association of Evangelicals (NEA) called climate action a Christian responsibility in a 50-page report this week, a call to action for a demographic far less likely than the general population to consider climate change a threat. 

The NAE’s report, “Loving the Least of These,” addresses the scientific evidence for the reality of climate change and the role of greenhouse gas emissions in driving it, as well as examining and debunking common arguments against the objectivity of climatologists. 

The report goes on to address the issue from a theological and personal perspective, outlining biblical arguments for environmental stewardship.