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  •  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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