Driscoll: Let It Burn

Researchers David C. Barker of the University of Pittsburgh and David H. Bearce of the University of Colorado analyzed a 2007 survey of political views and discovered a correlation between belief in the “end times” and support for government action on environmental issues:

… belief in the “Second Coming” of Jesus reduced the probability of strongly supporting government action on climate change by 12 percent when controlling for a number of demographic and cultural factors. When the effects of party affiliation, political ideology, and media distrust were removed from the analysis, the belief in the “Second Coming” increased this effect by almost 20 percent. (This suggests there is a significant overlap between those three variables and belief in the “Second Coming.”)

The report, covered at Raw Story, concluded that while we should be cautious about making predictions, “.. it was unlikely the United States would take action on climate change while so many Americans, particularly Republicans, believed in the coming end-times.”

But honestly, after two thousand years of no-shows, how many people are seriously going to believe in the end times enough to actually influence their political stance …

“I know who made the environment and he’s coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV.” – Mark Driscoll (quoted from the Catalyst Conference)

…. well, at least he didn’t put this one on twitter

*sigh*

(image via From One Degree to Another)

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