What I Learned While I Was Away

What I Learned While I Was Away

I’m Back!

I am finally back to blogging again, not that I ever stopped because I had to blog every week for school, but it is great to be joining in on the conversation again.

This week I am focusing in on what I did while I was away. I spent four months away from Empty Church as neighbors to maned wolves and white naped cranes, at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, learning about important conservation issues, specifically about how to engage with the community about those issues. 

Many of these issues are not contradictory to Christianity so why are more people not taking action against things like biodiversity loss, conservation of plants and animals, and climate change? Why are these things not being discussed on Sunday mornings? The Bible calls for believers to be good stewards of the earth, and that means they need to take care of it. It doesn’t just mean taking care of our families and friends. It is our responsibility to take care of our home.

I plan to dedicate my life to conservation efforts as well as being engaged in the science community. How does this affect my experiences with church? While there are some things that I find to be contradictory, the Bible has great lessons for life, while science teaches us how the world around us operates.

Is one wrong or right? I don’t know. 

Science is very black and white, it either is or isn’t, it is fact or fiction. The Bible can be taken seriously in some parts and not seriously in other parts. Sometimes you are supposed to take the Bible literally, and sometimes you are not supposed to.

How is anyone supposed to know what to do?

All I know is that I just have to keep learning, asking questions, and having discussions. Hopefully I find the answers, sooner rather than later.

About the Author | Kristal Miller


An unbeliever exploring faith and doubt with friends.

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