I’m not religious. I don’t get it. I think it can be divisive and polarizing, unnecessarily splitting people on important issues, such as global warming.
A new report by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life claims white United States evangelicals are the least likely to believe human activities are contributing to climate change:
Most scientists have reached the conclusion that the planet’s climate is changing because of human-induced factors, notably the emissions from burning of the fossil fuels that drive the global economy.
Among religious groups Pew found that those who said they were unaffiliated with any faith tradition were the most likely to accept that humanity was warming the planet, with 58 percent of them taking that view.
Among white mainline Protestants the figure was 48 percent, it was 39 percent for black Protestants and 34 percent for white evangelical Protestants, a key base for the Republican Party whose leaders have often cast doubt on the link between emissions and climate change.
Having briefly grown up Roman Catholic, ditching the church by the time I was a teenager, I think the concept of rapture is the driver behind this thinking. If the world is going to end anyway, why bother trying to save it.