In spite of often virulent controversy, many Christians over the past generation have moved from resisting to effectively contributing to environmental stewardship, doing so on multiple fronts. But in rightly affirming a moral mandate to care for the earth, we may overlook a crucial truth: you can’t tend what you don’t love. In this session we will explore not only the scientific and biblical rationale for creation care, but also the biological and scriptural basis of “biophilia” – cherishing and enjoying God’s living world.
Jeff Schloss is Senior Scholar at the BioLogos Foundation and Distinguished Professor of Biology at Westmont College. He has taught at the University of Michigan Biological Station, Wheaton College Science Station, Jaguar Creek Rainforest Station, and has served as Academic Dean of the Creation Care Study Program and Adjunct Faculty of the AuSable Institute for Environmental Studies. Jeff’s twin interests are exploring the wonders of the natural world with his students and relating scientific understanding to biblical faith. He is particularly interested in relating biological and theological perspectives on both the origins and the care of species. Jeff has done fieldwork all over the world, from alpine forests, to boreal woodland, to coral reefs, to tropical rain- and cloud forests. And he has sought to integrate science with a Christian worldview as a Crosson Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, a Plummer Fellow at St. Anne’s College Oxford, and a Witherspoon Fellow in Theology & Science at Princeton’s Center of Theological Inquiry. Jeff publishes widely in academic venues and frequently speaks to both academic and popular audiences on the evolution and stewardship of creation. In his off time (or “on” time?), Jeff enjoys camping, fishing, folk guitar, and especially surfing – all immeasurably richer with his three 20-something sons, and wife Melody.