13 Dec '11, 10pm

Can Christianity help fight climate change? @bcmerchant looks at a new study that suggests they can.

Can Christianity help fight climate change? @bcmerchant looks at a new study that suggests they can.

Proponents of fighting climate change have undertaken a long and winding quest to pinpoint why, exactly, Americans just don't seem to give a crap about the issue. Poll after poll reveals an alarming disconnect between popular belief and the scientific consensus. Nearly every other industrialized country, meanwhile, has popular belief more in line with the facts (though discord appears to be growing elsewhere, too). We're the clear laggards here. Some heap blame on an overwhelmed, faltering media. Some hone in on the entrenched fossil fuel interests who use front groups and think tanks to sow doubt about science. Others point to the uniquely religious culture that pervades vast swaths of the United States; a culture now inextricable from modern American conservatism. This brand of religious ideology, especially predominant in Evangelicalism, allows believers to engage in a ...

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