Scott Rodin was raised in Wyoming as a conservative evangelical Christian. As a child, he learned to love nature, but also to steer clear of environmentalism. He associated it with liberals and atheists. So as an adult, he was skeptical of global warming.

But then Rodin pursued a PhD in theology. And as he immersed himself in religious studies, he reflected on what it really means to be a steward of the earth.

Rodin: “Caring for God’s creation is one of the most important mandates that he gave us as his children. But when I looked at how I lived that out, I always just kind of gave it lip service and went on.”

He started to scrutinize his reasons for being skeptical about climate change, and he realized …

Rodin: “None of them were biblical. None of them were coming out of my faith convictions. They were political. They were sociological. And I thought, you know what? There’s something wrong with this picture.”

So Rodin decided that he had to start speaking and writing about climate change and better stewardship of the earth. He shares many of his essays in an online blog.

Rodin encourages other conservative Christians to reflect on their values too … and, like him, conclude that climate change is a critical moral and religious issue.

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

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