The United States has failed to take action to mitigate climate change thanks in part to the large number of religious Americans who believe the world has a set expiration date.
Research by David C. Barker of the University of Pittsburgh and David H. Bearce of the University of Colorado uncovered that belief in the biblical end-times was a motivating factor behind resistance to curbing climate change.
“[T]he fact that such an overwhelming percentage of Republican citizens profess a belief in the Second Coming (76 percent in 2006, according to our sample) suggests that governmental attempts to curb greenhouse emissions would encounter stiff resistance even if every Democrat in the country wanted to curb them,” Barker and Bearce wrote in their study, which will be published in the June issue of Political Science Quarterly.
The study, based on data from the 2007 Cooperative Congressional Election Study, uncovered that belief in the “Second Coming” of Jesus reduced the probability of strongly supporting government action on climate change by 12 percent when controlling for a number of demographic and cultural factors. When the effects of party affiliation, political ideology, and media distrust were removed from the analysis, the belief in the “Second Coming” increased this effect by almost 20 percent.
I was raised by agnostic parents (thank God) and have never joined a church. But I have read the Bible cover to cover several times and consider myself a practicing Christian. I fell in love with the Sermon on the Mount of Olives. Consider the lilies of the valley..... My take on the Gospel is that we should be generous and kind, and help build heaven on earth. This is why I have such contempt for 'Christianity.' I don't blame Jesus for the complete ignorance and arrogance of his so-called followers. Yes, when I see the endless bullshit, I contemplate atheism, a lot. But how does one give up hope in the divine for this pathetic excuse we call humanity?
"If you're smart or rich or lucky maybe you'll beat the laws of man but the inner laws of spirit and the outer laws of nature no man can, no, no man can." ~Joni