christians can care about “creation”

ch.2, ec-p.13 – but many are most concerned about anthropogenically-centered environmental concerns and still reflect a “human exceptionalist” or “dominant social” paradigm toward the natural world…

“Religious-based values heighten religious peoples’ concern about human risks from genetically-modified foods, but not hazards from pollution, chemicals, or climate change (Biel and Nilsson 2005). Frequent church attendees also care less about animal welfare (Deemer and Lobao 2011). Christian respondents most frequently disagreed that  “human interference in nature causes disastrous consequences”, while agreeing “humans were meant to rule over nature” and that “plants and animals have as much right as humans to exist” (Peterson and Liu 2008). Overall, “religious institutions have the potential to support or discourage care for the environment” (Tarakeshwar, Swank, Pargament, and Mahoney 2001).”




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