Evangelical Christians Who Believe In Climate Change

Katharine Hayhoe Photo: Dale Robbins/Moyers & Company
Katharine Hayhoe
Photo: Dale Robbins/Moyers & Company

Climate change is one of the most contentious issues of our time. Many conservative Christians don’t agree that humans help cause it or that people can affect the Earth’s warming or cooling.

They might be surprised to find, however, that two of the more respected believers in climate change are evangelical Christians with conservative leanings.

Pastor Andrew Farley leads Ecclesia: Church Without Religion in Lubbock, Texas, and heads up Network 220, a national association of counseling, discipleship, and training ministries.

His wife, associate professor Katharine Hayhoe, is a climate scientist that in 2014 TIME magazine named one of the most influential people in the world.

26,500 Points of Proof

And that influence is growing with audiences both religious and secular because Hayhoe’s job adds weight to her contention there’s overwhelming evidence of climate change.

“There are 26,500 indicators of a warming planet all around us, many in our own backyards,” Hayhoe, the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock told CBN News.

“We see our plants and our flowers and our bushes flowering earlier in the year,” she continued. “We see birds and animals and insects much further north than they’ve ever been before. We see that sea level is rising. Glaciers are melting. Our weather patterns are changing.”

When Farley married his climate scientist wife he thought global warming was just one more environmental fad.

“Whether it’s ‘save the whales’ or ‘hug the trees’ or ‘eat granola,’ ‘wear hemp,’ ‘bathe in a stream,'” Farley said. “Along came this issue of climate change and I lumped it in with everything else.”

Farley and his bride fought over climate science for about two years.

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Paul Strand


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