Apocalyptic themes in the global warming debate

There is major controversy in America today over global warming. Virtually every knowledgeable scientist agrees that human-caused global warming is well under way, yet there is significant opposition by many people and their leaders. It would be easy to put this down to unenlightened self-interest – coal-producing states lead the naysayers – but there is more than this. As always in America, religion enters in, and I am interested in uncovering and discussing these factors. Apocalyptic thinking goes back to the Puritans and there is strong suspicion that it is surfacing again here. I have already explored this theme, I think successfully, over the evolution-creation debate and now I shall turn to the global warming debate.

Project leader(s):
  • Michael Ruse (Florida State )

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