(ETH) – More than 2,700 high-profile evangelicals have signed onto a statement billed “A Christian Statement on Science for Pandemic Times,” warning against the politicization of the new coronavirus and actually urges Christians to take appropriate action against it, which includes taking a vaccine when it is available.
“We are deeply concerned about the polarization and politicization of science in the public square when so many lives are at stake. The word ‘science’ has become a weapon in the culture wars. Scientists are vilified and their findings ignored, while conspiracy theories go viral. Sadly, Christians seem just as susceptible to these trends.
Thoughtful Christians may disagree on public policy in response to the coronavirus, but none of us should ignore clear scientific evidence,” the statement published online by the nonprofit organization BioLogos says.
“We call on all Christians to follow the advice of public health experts and support scientists doing crucial biomedical research on COVID-19.” According to a report from the Christian Post, BioLogos was founded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, who is a devout Christian geneticist, and his wife, to foster discussions about the harmony between science and biblical faith.
Collins was reportedly honored earlier this year with the Templeton Prize, a financial award of $1.3 million for his storied career using science to advocate for the “integration of faith and reason.” The recent statement comes as a vocal minority of churches spoke out against calls from federal and local government authorities to close their churches amid the new coronavirus pandemic, risking fines and arrests.