Climate Change: Harbinger of ‘End Times’?
Somewhere, James Hansen is weeping.
Last week, we reported on American attitudes toward climate change, a post-Kyoto framework, and the Rocky Mountain pine beetle infestation (apathetic, stalled, and spreading, respectively). To that, we append this finding from the Annals of Exceedingly Unlikely But Worryingly Popular Ideas: while 63 percent of Americans agree that the weather is becoming “more extreme,” 36 percent view this as “evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the end times.”
In other words, one-third of us blame the recent spate of deadly hurricanes, record-breaking heat waves, and raging forest fires not on greenhouses gasses but plain ol’ godlessness.
To be fair, not all believers are so skeptical of science. Just one-in-five Catholics ascribe climate change to the coming Final Days, according to the Public Religion Research Institute, which conducted the survey, while 65 percent of white evangelical Christians see the wrath of God at work.