Climate Change

On a Framework for Understanding the Roles of Science, Ethics, and Religion in Informing Policy-making

Johnny Wei-Bing Lin (Professor, North Park University)
BSLC 001 | Thursday, November 14 at 4:30pm (receception to follow)

There are few contemporary environmental issue that have fostered as much debate among Christians as climate change. The debate, however, has yielded limited mutual understanding between the various sides. Sometimes, it just seems like we are talking past one another. This lecture will propose an alternative framework for understanding questions of creation care, looking at an understanding of climate change as given by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It will also explore the limits of what science can provide to inform policy as much of the debate regarding climate change are over extra-scientific questions. Finally, it will outline a more complete framework for determining what a “considered obedience” to God’s creation care commands looks like.

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Johnny Lin  Johnny earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Civil Engineering-Water Resources at Stanford University and, after working as an environmental engineer, a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from UCLA. He is a Professor of Physics at North Park University in Chicago.