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Probing the links between faith and climate denial

Probing the links between faith and climate denial

Yesterday’s Washington Post features an interesting story on the possible links between faith and climate denial. The report features interesting visual data on different religions and denominations including Anglicans. From the article:

The main driver of climate science rejection, however, appears to be a free market ideology — which is tough to characterize as religious in nature. Nonetheless, it has often been observed (including by me) that evolution denial and climate science rejection often seem to overlap, at least to an extent.

And there does seem to be at least some tie between faith and climate science doubt. Research by Yale’s Dan Kahan, for instance, found a modest correlation between religiosity and less worry about climate change. Meanwhile, a 2013 study in Political Science Quarterly found that “believers in Christian end-times theology are less likely to support policies designed to curb global warming than are other Americans.”

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Whit Johnstone

Unfortunately, there are two few Anglicans of any kind in the US for mass surveys of the general population to break up the “Anglican/Episcopal” category into a mainline TEC and evangelical ACNA + REC+ CANA + Continuing Anglican category. I too would love to see the difference.

Eric Bonetti

Good that we are supportive of the environment. But sure wish we hadn’t landed atop the “nothing in particular” crowd.

That said, it would be interesting, I suspect, to see where the GAFCON folks land. 😉

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