Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part Three of The Current
Green Evangelists - Blessed Earth Founder
We started this segment with a clip from a video series produced by the Cornwall Alliance, a conservative Christian public policy group critical of much of the environmental movement. They call it "the green dragon". The Gospels don't have a lot to say about the natural world, although Jesus was said to curse a fig tree for not bearing fruit out of season. But at least one group of evangelicals prefer the Jesus who compares himself to a vine.
We also aired a clip from a promotional video featuring Matthew Sleeth the founder of Blessed Earth. It is a Christian non-profit that encourages churches to tackle the biggest environmental problems.
Last month, Mr. Sleeth convened leaders of some of the most prominent seminaries in the United States to sign a covenant committing them to include environmental education in the training of church leaders. Matthew Sleeth joined us from his home in Lexington, Kentucky.
Green Evangelists - Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills
Jack Hibbs is the founder and senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Southern California. He says environmentalism is a form of pagan worship and is incompatible with the church. Pastor Jack Hibbs joined us from Chino Hills, California.
Green Evangelists - Law Professor
John Nagle is a law professor at Notre Dame University who studies the role of religion in environmental law. He joined us from Notre Dame, Indiana.
This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien and Josh Bloch.
Last Word - The Great Animal Orchestra Promo
We've been talking this morning about Christianity and the natural world. There are a few hymns that praise the environment -- All Things Bright and Beautiful for example, but it's fairly selective; No mention of predators or flatworms. Still, the natural world may be a good place to look for inspiration for spiritual music.
Bernie Krause will join us in the days to come on The Current to talk about his new book, The Great Animal Orchestra. The one-time folk singer believes the sounds of nature are as carefully arranged as a classical work.
Most of us can't hear that kind of nuance, but for today's Last Word, we ended the program with All Things Bright and Beautiful with some of Bernie Krause's recordings -- a chorus of wolves, a jaguar on bass, and beavers playing tenor.
Other segments from today's show: