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Cooking the Truth: Faith, Science, the Market, and Global Warming

Laurel Kearns

in Ecospirit

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227457.003.0006

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Cooking the Truth: Faith, Science, the Market, and Global               Warming

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Religious campaigns related to climate change in the United States involve a variety of approaches. But not all religious efforts on the topic are aimed at increasing awareness of the threat of global warming; some are aimed at discrediting global warming by referring to it as a religion, a theology, or an object of belief. These voices do not just single out global warming to attack; rather, their approaches range from a rejection of most scientific theory (a result of creationism campaigns), to a dismissal of climate change as a creation of the left. On the surface, it appears like a battle between the claims of religion and science. Both sides, however, in fact want to make global warming a religious issue, and not just a scientific one. The “anti-global warming” forces want to make it so in order to undermine the authority of the science, and thus to discredit the existence of global warming, articularly insofar as it is human-caused. The “pro-global warming” activists want to make it a religious issue because they believe that basing any response on just the science is inadequate, for the issue is also about values. This chapter explores how each side frames the issue in terms of both religion and science. It argues that just examining responses to global warming in terms of religious views concerning science can be misleading. The faith-versus-science framing can hide perhaps the real framework involved: the belief in the economy and the market that influence the stances on both sides of the issue.

Keywords: climate change; religious campaigns; global warming; creationism; environmental ethics; ecological theology

Chapter.  10802 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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