christian fundamentalists oppose environmental policy

ch.2, ec-p.17 – the pattern of empirical findings about the relationship among measures of protestant christian fundamentalism and of environmental concern, especially expressions of support for public policy improving environmental quality and increased protection of ecosystems…

“Although usually weak, when a negative association appears between religion and environmentalism it occurs with a measure of conservative Protestant fundamentalism (Dietz, Stern, and Guagnano 1998). “Fundamentalism”, sometimes labeled theological conservatism or biblical literalism, is conceptualized in many ways: “literal belief in the Bible, preoccupation with eschatology, denominational association, political ideology, and a variety of behavioral indicators, such as personal religious experience and listening to gospel music” (Ridgeway 2008). Members of more fundamentalist Christian denominations, who also hold stronger belief in God and express greater biblical literalism, weakly or significantly oppose US government spending on environmental protection (Boyd 1999; Kanagy, Humphrey, and Firebaugh 1994). Membership in fundamentalist churches also corresponds with individual’s aversion to political environmental actions Rather than specific theological beliefs, stronger religious sectarianism better accounts for when people judge economic growth more important than the environment (Eckberg and Blocker 1996).”

 

 

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