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Your letters: Faith and environmental issues

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, October 16 2012   /  12:21 pm

When it comes to taking meaningful action on climate change, many followers of the great religious traditions find inspiration and motivation in their beliefs.

But it is a grave error to assume that all religiously-driven individuals will be receptive to the scientific facts of the climate crisis.

In the United States, many devout people decided long ago that science could only be regarded as an enemy of their faith — and this antipathy toward scientific method and results carries over into their attitude towards environmental problems, which are strongly identified with the scientists who research and describe them.

Many of them also adhere to doctrines which preach the imminence of a “day of judgment” in which the Earth as we know it will be destroyed and afterlife preference given to “true believers”. It is self-evident that such a belief is antitheti...