Season of Creation leader: ‘God is the perfect scientist’
Decades ago, Dr. Louk Andrianos didn’t picture himself serving as a consultant on the Care for Creation, Sustainability and Climate Justice for the World Council of Churches, a key Season of Creation partner.
Andrianos thought that maybe he’d stick to the sciences and spend a career working in biology or agronomy.
Dr. Louk Andrianos
But the Season of Creation Steering Committee member has found a way to blend both his faith and the sciences to help Christians around the world care for creation.
“I feel called by God to do this… I think God wants me to work for these kinds of activities, ecumenical care for creation and especially work for the whole of creation,” Andrianos said in the latest Global Catholic Climate Movement podcast.
“I was guided, I would say, by the Holy Spirit of God to do this. I had no idea at the beginning what would be the best way that God can use me. I was just giving myself as I say always, when I pray, I say, ‘God, use me as I am your creation, so you know best.’”
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Andrianos, who grew up in Madagascar, has a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development Sciences and was the head of the Institute of Theology and Ecology at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari, Greece.
He also worked at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas.
The scientist has found that science and faith can work well together.
“These two things go perfectly to give us a full fullness of the understanding of the world and to make us progress and to have a more sustainable life,” he said.
“For me, God is the perfect scientist who knows everything. What we know is just a dark shadow, a small shadow of God’s love and God’s knowledge.”
On the podcast, Andrianos also talked about the upcoming ecumenical Season of Creation, the annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home that will take place from 1 September through 4 October.
He shared why he’s particularly inspired about this year’s theme, “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God,” and what overall excites him about the ecumenical celebration that sees the world’s 2.3 billion Christians unite.
“The Season of Creation is an occasion that we express our unity in Christ,” he said.
“The important thing for me also is that the Season of Creation is dedicated to a season for prayer. And prayer for me is the most important tool to change the world and to change human beings.”
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