Roanoke College

Noted Experts to Debate Religion's Place in Global Warming Dialogues


SALEM, Va.- Roanoke College's Center for Religion and Society will host a debate between Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals and Thomas Derr, Christian ethicist from Smith College Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Theater. The topic will be "How Extensive is the Human Contribution to Global Warming and What Should the Churches Do About It?"

Complimentary tickets are required and may be obtained after January 7 at or by calling the Colket Center Information Desk at (540) 378-5125.

While it seems clear that the Earth's atmosphere is warming, a debate continues about the causes of global warming, especially surrounding whether and how much humans are responsible for the warming. Many church organizations have accepted the assumption that humans are responsible for most of it, and those organizations are working internally and externally to alleviate such warming.

Are they right in their assessments, and should they be so active in the cause of lessening the human causes of global warming? In the debate, the executive director of the National Association of Evangelicals, Richard Cizik, will argue the case that those churches are right in their activism. Arguing a case for more caution and less action will be Thomas Derr, ethicist at Smith College, who has written a text on ecological ethics.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.