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  •  Fundies are doomed intellectually, just as R's are (1+ / 0-)
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    doomed demographically.  

    This will be one of the few positive side-effects of global warming, and it's already happening -- the ludicrously hot March through July, the drought, and Sandy have gotten the percentage of the general public who believe in global warming almost to 70, even with House of Ras doing the polling.  

    As the effects of GW become more pervasive & dramatic, the anti-scientific know-nothingism associated with the Religious Right will become more & more discredited, & science will start to regain much of the prestige that it used to have that has been eroded by the right's attacks over the last 30-40 yrs.  Inevitably, as a result, religion in general & fundieism in particular will start to lose prestige & credibility, so that America will more & more start to resemble today's highly secularized Europe.  

     Voters under 30 didn't go for PBO by 60 percent just because of minority, women's & LGBT rights & economics.  Because they're better educated about science than any other generation, a higher percentage of them realize that  the Fundies are crazy when it comes to evolution and that the fundies' corporatist allies are crazy when it comes to global warming.  Those realizations are only going to grow as global warming effects get worse & as younger people well educated about science replace old, igorant farts in my cohort at the polls.  

    •  Nope. GW will grow the fundamentalists. (0+ / 0-)

      You're quite right, of course, that religious fundamentalism of any stripe, and certainly the Christian fundamentalism practiced widely in this country, is intellectually flawed almost to the point of caricature. But religion isn't primarily about intellectual rigor; it's about finding answers to the "why" questions that science isn't suited to address.

      Religion is about solace when your world is coming apart at the seams. It's about challenging yourself and your community to be better than you are. As my grandfather used to say, it's about "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable." While there are those of us who work hard to reconcile our faith life and our intellectual life to be in harmony, it's not a prerequisite for having a faith life.

      Times of great upheaval, great change, catastrophe and disaster and unpredictability -- these things drive interest in religion, and particularly in religions that offer absolute answers to impossible questions. It's no coincidence that fundamentalism is on the rise in areas of the world where change is rampant or a long-standing status quo is under assault. Those are exactly the circumstances that lead people to long for easier answers, more comprehensible world views. In other words, religious fundamentalism.

      So sorry, but I think we can expect the effects of climate change to grow religious fundamentalism, even as it also grows respect for science. The two are opposite sides of the same coin -- people looking for a source of comfort and security in the face of overwhelming change. Just as some folk are by nature unable or unwilling to accept the sometimes simplistic answers offered by fundamentalist religious groups, others are by nature unable or unwilling to accept the often complex answers offered by science.

      "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

      by pragmaticidealist on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:35:59 PM PST

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