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40% of Americans believe Jesus will return by 2050
On environment saving laws:
“a belief in the Second Coming reduces the probability of strongly agreeing that the government should take action by more than 12 percent.”
This bit from interviews with members of a Pentacostal church:
When we talked about caring for the environment, for example, Craig cautioned that it was important to draw the line between protecting the creation and worshipping it, while Julie agreed, adding that, “like with the polar bears and stuff, of course I don’t want them to die, but you also have to realize this is just a part of the world coming to an end like it’s supposed to. And there’s nothing really that they can do.”
After Sarah chimed in “Yeah, we can’t stop it,” Julie continued, arguing, “That’s why we need to be educated in the Bible, so we know what signs to look for. Because you’re just wasting all that money on research when it’s, sadly, not going to help.”
And then this bit:
Many scholars of evangelical environmentalism, for example, have noted evangelicals’ concerns that caring for the environment could lead to Paganism.
The article does delineate between the hardcore anti-environment end timers and the less militant. It varies in degrees by denomination as well as individual. But looking at the big picture, if churches are supposed to be social organizations working towards what is best for their communities, aren't they doing a disservice by downplaying it? Even if the end times are around the corner, shouldn't respecting the creation of their deity factor into how good or bad they are?Answer Question
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