At Christmas

It's Christmas Eve, and many churches will have their first celebration of Christmas tonight. Christmas is, of course, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, what Christians call the 'incarnation - God becoming a human being. In becoming human, God was also becoming a part of the whole creation. This is a reminder to us that both creation and, within creation humanity, are good and have value. So Christmas is a good time to think about the environment and conservation, the care of other species, and the sciences that support those ends. God's embracing of creation and particularly humanity reminds us, too, that there is goodness in human endeavour. Science is not the enemy of God or the Christian faith, but is firmly within the scope of human nature that God embraced fully when he took on flesh and came among us as an unassuming baby born in unpromising circumstances. 



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