Let reasonable people try and deal with the world’s problems.
Belief that the “Second Coming” of Jesus is nigh may be stemming climate change action, according to a study published in the Political Science Quarterly.
The research, conducted by David C. Barker of the University of Pittsburgh and David H. Bearce of the University of Colorado, examined data from the 2007 Cooperative Congressional Election Study to discover that belief in the “end times” reduced a person’s probability of strongly supporting government action on climate change by 12 percent when controlling for demographic and cultural factors.
This article links to a YouTube video of Rep. John Shimkus saying God decides when the earth will end. The article also notes that people believe the End Times are beginning because of the recent disasters that have taken place.
Here is the abstract:
The authors examine U.S. public attitudes regarding global climate change, addressing the puzzle of why support for governmental action on this front is tepid relative to what existing theories predict. Introducing the theoretical concept of relative sociotropic time horizons, the authors show that believers in Christian end-times theology are less likely to support policies designed to curb global warming than are other Americans. They then provide robustness checks by analyzing other policy attitudes. In so doing, the authors provide empirical evidence to suggest that citizens possessing shorter “shadows of the future” often resist policies trading short-term costs for hypothetical long-term benefits.
This way of thinking is shot through with illogical and dogmatic thinking. Humans are special, the earth is for our use, we can’t cause a catastrophe, catastrophes are increasing…
It’s hard to destroy a planet but not so hard to kill a whole slew of people with one natural or man-made incident. Earthquakes and disease ravage the earth every year. Now, we hear about it on the internet. And, there are more people living in environmentally vulnerable areas.
It’s deplorable that we vote in government officials that rely on one book and set of flawed teachings instead of the evidence all around us. Humans are the only ones who can deal with and possibly alleviate the future catastrophes that will befall people. I’d suggest that if people think that prayer can solve everything, they just stay at home and do that and stay out of humanist problem solving and stay out of politics altogether.