religion murky in environmental concern

ch.2, ec-p.10 – introductory paragraph summarizing overall state of research on religion‘s role in environmental concern…

“The role of religion in environmental concern remains murky despite this increasing attention over the last few decades (Proctor and Berry 2005). The literature gives a contradictory and complex picture. Empirical research offers few conclusive signs on whether religion is good, bad, or otherwise inconsequential with respect to how people express their environmentalism through their beliefs, attitudes, intentions and willingness to support environmental policy, or behaviors with reduced ecological impacts. Three tables below summarize work where major findings show religion having an overall positive or mixed association with environmental concern, a primarily negative one, and when analysts found no evidence for the relationship or saw it as spurious. Most of this research focuses on Judeo-Christian faith traditions or various forms of Protestantism.”

 

 

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