Not that kind.
Southern California Public Radio has been running a series called “God is in the garden,” exploring the intersection of religion and environmental values. Molly Peterson writes that atheists responded to the series, too, because there’s plenty to say about how religion has hurt the environment and how a godless outlook can alter how you feel about the world you live in:
To start, several people say they find skepticism about climate change among some evangelical Christians troubling. David Wolf of Loma Linda wrote, “those who believe in the literal truth of the Bible may be apt to deny the reality of climate change as they believe that Jesus may return tomorrow, in which case, why save the environment today?”
In this current of thought, a sense of entitlement stemming from faith in God is a harmful force. “My atheism may strengthen my environmental ethics, because I don’t expect any magical solutions to the problems we create,” wrote Ann Tiplady of Vermont.
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