Rev Dr Jason John has devoted his life to environmental issues with university degrees in zoology and environmental studies. Add in an ordination and you have a ministry with a passion to care for creation.
With a PhD in evolution, ecology and theology, Jason is well equipped as the keynote speaker at the upcoming God of Sea and Sky conference, this July. Eco-theology may sound like a relatively new term to some, but Jason says the concept isn’t new – it’s just new to us as a culture born post-industrial revolution.
“Eco-theology, or eco-faith, is primarily the reminder that there are these very strong links between our relationship with our creator and our relationship with creation,” he said. “In a sense, it’s not something new. It’s a reminder of something we’ve forgotten.”
There are plenty of references in the Bible to do with caring for creation, and many cultures – regardless of religion – did so for thousands of years. In our modern world, however, we seem to have lost the way. It’s the creation story that Jason wants to shake up. He believes we have a new creation story: one where God is present throughout evolution and one where humans, as we know them now, are not the end goal. In his book, Worshipping Evolution’s God, Jason explains how science has taught us that life has existed billions of years before us, and will exist for billions of years after we’re gone.