global warming

Does End Time Belief Really Cause Climate Change Apathy?

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When I conducted a focus group at this church, the end times seemed to be on everyone’s mind. When we talked about caring for the environment, “Craig” cautioned that it was important to draw the line between protecting the creation and worshipping it, while “Julie” agreed, adding that, “like with the polar bears and stuff, of course I don’t want them to die, but you also have to realize this is just a part of the world coming to an end like it’s supposed to. And there’s nothing really that they can do.”

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Tornado Hits the Heartland: Is God Punishing Us?

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Many of these weather events actually are a kind of “punishment”—not in the conservative-theological sense of tit-for-tat justice meted out by an Abusive Father on High, but in the more progressive-theological sense of unforeseen consequences of reckless human actions. Climate scientists have said for years that global climate change will lead to increased severe weather events, and now they appear to be here; along with droughts and poor harvests caused by shifting climatic belts. On a planetary basis, we are reaping what we have sown for two hundred years.

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