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Greening Evangelicals

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Rev. Richard Cizik of Viriginia is being hailed as “in the vanguard of a striking new movement: evangelicals prodding President George W Bush to take action on global warming. And his stance cannot easily be dismissed as radical nonsense, as the Green cause is traditionally mocked by the Right.

He is the Washington representative for the National Association of Evangelicals, America’s largest evangelical group. With 30 million members, the NAE is possibly the most powerful voting bloc in the country.”

Rev. Gerald Zandstra

On the heels of a National Association of Evangelicals call for heavier involvement in politics, the Acton Institute reflected on the role of Christians in politics, and urged caution lest the moral authority of clergy be exploited.

Earlier this year (March 18), Rev. Gerald Zandstra (then director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Stewardship, currently on leave from Acton) was interviewed for a BBC News program about the role of evangelicals in the formation of American public policy. Click here to view video (wmv) of the story, and here to hear the audio (mp3).

Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.


  • If action on the Green movement means higher taxes on gas, it might be useful– to reduce the deficit, to reduce the demand for gas; and to reduce the votes of any who favor that. So far.

    Until the Green movement understands that changing behavior means higher taxes or less freedom, and accepts the responsibility, they’ll be worse than useless — complaining as if there is a costless solution actively increases the unhappiness without reducing, never solving, the problem.

  • Charles Kramer

    Tis such a shame that the “Greenies” have camaflaged their intentions so very well. They use the idea of “clean” for air and water and hill and ocean to push for more and more costs without thinking that this is costing America jobs, thus undercutting our ability to have jobs for productive workers. Very few of them walk to work but they do not want oil refineries,very few live without electricity or air conditioner but they want youa and me to salute their socialistic ideas and with nerve ask for money to pay for it.