Bethel to Host Environmental Debate

Bethel College and American Enterprise Institute’s Common Sense Concept present “Mere Environmentalism: Debating Creation Care and Going Green.”

The debate will take place on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Octorium on Bethel’s campus. Richard Cizik and Steven F. Hayward are the two debaters.

The event will discuss topics relating to issues over climate change rage, consumers that are becoming more conscientious about “living green” and how Christians should respond to this. Some questions to be raised in the debate include, what does creation care have in common with secular environmentalism and are there areas in which a biblical approach to stewardship cannot be reconciled with the philosophy of secular environmentalism?

Richard Cizik – served for 10 years as vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals before launching the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. He was instrumental in creating the Evangelical Climate Initiative, introduced in 2006. In 2005, the New York Times dubbed him the "Earthy Evangelist" for his advocacy on climate change and in 2008 he was named to TIME Magazine's list of the "TIME 100" most influential people.  

Steven F. Hayward – is F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. He is the author of the “Almanac of Environmental Trends” and the author of many books on environmental topics. He has also written biographies of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and of Winston Churchill. Hayward is also a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

For more information contact Aaron Schavey, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, at 574.257.3281 or

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.