The Public Religion Research Institute has good news and bad news on U.S. citizens' understanding of global warming.
- Sixty-three percent of us believe weather is more extreme and human activity is the cause.
- As the chart shows, 91 percent of those who see climate change happening want action to do something about it.
- Majorities of the religiously unaffiliated and Catholics see climate change as causing weather disasters. So do 50 percent of white evangelical Protestants.
- More than one third of us think that severe weather events show that we are entering the scriptural End Times. Most of these are Protestant evangelicals, but not nearly all.
- Fifteen percent of us believe the world will end in accordance with Biblical prophesies in our lifetimes.
- Unhappily, for the hope of getting anything done, our beliefs about climate change and end times correlate closely with our political divisions.
If anything is likely to fuel religious strife, that divide can do it.
Despite every other legitimate concern, we cannot ignore that our economic and social system is rapidly making the planet less habitable. So I will be posting "Warming Wednesdays" -- reminders of an inconvenient truth.