Negotiating Climate Care’s Opposition

Katharine K. Wilkinson

in Between God and Green

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895885
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949861 | DOI:
Negotiating Climate Care’s Opposition

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This chapter focuses on the opposition faced by evangelical climate advocacy from more conservative members of the community. Each development—of creation care generally and of climate care specifically—has sparked further backlash from the evangelical Right: competing campaigns, opposing groups, and efforts to unseat leaders. But what drives this opposition? Though, on the surface, it appears to be grounded in a skeptical view of climate science and mitigation, the conflicts that orbit this particular issue actually extend far beyond the greenhouse effect and emissions reduction. Sustained attention to the tensions between the evangelical Right and climate care advocates, as well as to the developments of organized climate change skepticism, suggest this backlash is partially a denial of the fact of climate change. At a deeper level, however, the debate is emblematic of broader contests between the moderate and conservative wings of evangelicalism; the more extended forces of economics, politics, and ethics are ultimately at work.

Keywords: evangelical climate advocacy; climate care; evangelical community; climate change; evangelical right; evangelicalism

Chapter.  8028 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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