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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The twisted morality of climate denial: How religion and American exceptionalism are undermining our future

Despite overwhelming scientific consensus, Americans remain split on climate change. Here's why

By Edward L. Rubin
Originally posted March 8, 2015

Here is an excerpt:

Ever since the Western world became Christian, people in our society have regarded nature as God’s exclusive handiwork; and ever since St. Francis, they have regarded it as evidence of His benevolence. Climate change indicates that the entire natural order is turning against us, and that it is doing so because of our actions. God seems absent from this process, either as a controlling force or as a protecting presence. We find ourselves in an empty, fragile environment that we alone must manage. Sen. Inhofe is probably speaking for a significant number of Americans when he declares himself unwilling to accept this: “God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

The entire article is here.