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3 Christian Denominations With Most Conservative Stance on Global Warming

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 04:27 AM

In 2011, Daniel Asamoah, a Circuit Overseer of Jehovah's Witness, had this to say about the topic of global warming, as reported by Ghana Web: "The Earth is running a fever; man cuts trees indiscriminately, there is loss of fertile agricultural land, toxic waste introduced into the environment, global warming, deforestation, oil spillages. One day, very soon God's Kingdom will come and interrupt, solve these problems and give us lasting relief."

The world's Christian denominations tend to vary in their views on climate change. However, three of the more conservative denominations continue to resist the theory of global warming.

1. Evangelicals

According to an article in Slate magazine, 44 percent of Evangelical Christians believe in climate change. That would put them in the minority. Recently, an Evangelical Christian public policy group, The Cornwall Alliance For The Stewardship Of Creation, published a list of 10 reasons it opposes the reduction of carbon emissions. Rather, the group is emphatic in its belief that any damage done to the planet will correct itself.

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2. Baptists

Baptists tend to remain consistent in their conservatism in response to the issue of climate change. They, like The Cornwall Alliance For The Stewardship Of Creation, tend to oppose the government's attempts to make mandatory carbon emission cuts. For example, high-profile Evangelical reverend Jerry Falwell maintained that those advocates of cutting emissions were "naive."

"The fact is this whole thing is cyclical," Falwell told his congregation at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 2006, "and the scientists who are not on the payroll of the government to do these studies are saying the jury's still out."

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3. Pentecostal


A typically conservative Christian denomination, Pentecostals tends to hold strong to the belief that the end of times (global warming advocates warn of the dangers to Earth should more people not take heed of the dangers) will happen no matter what action is taken to change it. In a 2013 article for Religion Dispatches, Robin Globus Veldman writes about a focus group he conducted at a Pentecostal church. One member of the group responded to the issue of climate change by stating that "you're just wasting all that money on research when it's, sadly, not going to help." 

While these Christian denominations tend to decry climate change as a scientific theory lacking in truth, there may be a longer list of Christian denominations that actively speak out on what they believe are the dangers of global warming. The Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Church of Christ, and Presbyterian denominations have spoken out in favor of preventing climate change.

Even the typically conservative Quaker denomination also promotes the idea of global warming. A statement from Quakers in Britain reads: "Our immoderate use of the Earth's resources violates the entire biosphere, threatening the lives of millions of people and the habitats of thousands of species."

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