Religion

 

Religious Identity, Beliefs, and Views about Climate Change

Sonya Sachdeva

Sacred elements in nature do lead people to become committed to environmental causes, particularly when religious identities emphasize conceptualization of humans as caretakers of this planet. In other cases, however, it is precisely the sacred aspect of nature which precludes environmental action and leads to the denial of climate change.

 

Believing to Recover: The Role of Religion in the Recovery Phase of Natural Disaster

Ranty R. Islam

In this journal article, the author aims to look outwards from the individual survivor to ask what role religion has during the immediate recovery phase of a world in ruins and for the people inhabiting it.

 

Religion in Environment and Climate Change: Suffering, Values, Lifestyles

Dieter Gerten, Sigurd Bergmann

What might be the fate of different religions in an ever-warming world? This book gathers recent research on functions of religion in climate change from theological, ethical, philosophical, anthropological, historical and earth system analytical perspectives.

 

National Survey on Religion, Values, and Climate Change

 Conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and the American Academy of Religion

The survey of 3,000 Americans is one of the largest surveys on religion and climate change ever conducted. It explores a range of topics, including Americans' belief or skepticism about the reality of climate change; the roles that partisanship, religion, and media consumption play in the development of those views; whether Americans see climate change as a manageable problem or an imminent crisis; how committed Millennials are to the issue of climate change; and how important policies that address climate change are to different religious groups. 

 
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Christianity

Christianity vs. Climate Change

G. Elijah Dann

A Huffington Post article discussing biblical doctrines: the Doctrine of Original Sin (the Fall); Soteriology; Eschatology; and God’s sovereignty and show how they work to elude the consequences of climate-change

 

Ethics and public perception of climate change: Exploring the Christian voices in the US public debate

J. Anjan Wardekker, Arthur C. Peterson, Jeroen P. van der Sluijs

This paper aims to explore ethical dimensions in the US public debate in relation to public support for climate policies. It analyzes in particular the Christian voices in the US public debate on climate change by typifying the various discourses.

 

Faith based natural disaster relief

Region & Ethics Newsweekly

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly present articles, interviews and reports on Christianity's role in the aftermath of natural disasters

 

Natural Disasters: A Biblical Perspective

Tom Robinson

Here are 16 points we should keep in mind concerning the biblical perspective on tragedies, regardless of their scale or circumstances.

 

Christians faith doesn't just say disasters are God's retribution

Mathew Schmalz

While many religious traditions have seen natural disasters as divine punishment, as a scholar of religion, professor Mathew Schmaltz would argue that instead of dwelling on God’s wrath, we need to understand God’s kindness and mercy. 

 

Where is God in Natural Disasters

In this interview with Dr. Erwin Lutzer, originally published in the wake of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, the pastor and author answers questions about God’s role in natural disasters.

 

Why Should Evangelical Christians Care About Climate Change

Chris Mooney

This page are five reasons from an evangelical Christian climate scientist.

 

After the Flood: The Response of Ministers to a Natural Disaster

Cecil Bradfield, Mary Lou Wylie, Lennis G. Echterling

In this paper, we describe the roles and stresses of ministers in responding to the November, 1985, floods in West Virginia. The authors present the results of follow-up interviews with ministers covering such issues as work overload, frustrations, role conflict, and stress symptoms. In particular, we explore the unique challenges ministers face in helping people to integrate the traumatic and tragic events of the disaster into the theological context of their religious beliefs.

 
 
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ISLAM

 
 
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BUDDHISM

 

Climate Change, economics and Buddhism- Part 1: An integrated environmental analysis framework

Peter L. Daniels

The paper begins by developing an innovative systems framework for analyzing major environmental problems such as climate change. Building on this framework, we then examine Buddhist insights into the fundamental nature of the behavior and driving forces that generate climate change

 

Climate Change, economics and Buddhism- Part 2: New views and practices for sustainable world economics

Peter L. Daniels

In this concluding paper, the systems framework is used to demonstrate how Buddhist and related world views can feed into appropriate and effective responses to the impending challenges of climate change. This is undertaken by systematically presenting a specific, if indicative, list of relevant strategies informed by the understanding of interconnectedness and other basic principles about the nature of reality and human well-being as proposed in Buddhism.

 

Religion and climate change: varieties in viewpoints and practices

Haluza DeLay

Only recently has empirical or social scientific research sought to examine what the world's religions and their adherents are actually saying or doing about climate change. Reviewing this research is the focus of this article. Buddhism is used as a case study of a specific faith tradition.

 

The tsunami and its aftermath in Sri Lanka: Explorations of a Buddhist perspective

Padmal de Silva

The Buddhist responses to the tsunami have been discussed widely, if largely informally, in Sri Lanka, and many concepts and practices have been highlighted and focused on. This paper provides an overview of the relationship between culture and traumatic experiences. It then goes on to explore some relevant Buddhist concepts and practices which can be used in clinical settings.