How ecotheological beliefs vary among Australian churchgoers and consequences for environmental attitudes and behaviors

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Pepper, Miriam and Leonard, Rosemary. (2015). How ecotheological beliefs vary among Australian churchgoers and consequences for environmental attitudes and behaviors. Review of Religious Research. 57, pp. 1 - 24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13644-015-0234-1
AuthorsPepper, Miriam and Leonard, Rosemary
Abstract

A growing literature has sought to understand the relationships between religion, politics and views about climate change and climate change policy in the United States. However, little comparative research has been conducted in other countries. This study draws on data from the 2011 Australian National Church Life Survey to examine the beliefs of Australian churchgoers from some 20 denominations about climate change—whether or not it is real and whether it is caused by humans—and political factors that explain variation in these beliefs. Pentecostals, Baptist and Churches of Christ churchgoers, and people from the smallest Protestant denominations were less likely than other churchgoers to believe in anthropogenic climate change, and voting and hierarchical and individualistic views about society predicted beliefs. There was some evidence that these views function differently in relation to climate change beliefs depending on churchgoers’ degree of opposition to gay rights. These findings are of interest not only for the sake of international comparisons, but also in a context where Australia plays a role in international climate change politics that is disproportionate to its small population.

Year2015
JournalReview of Religious Research
Journal citation57, pp. 1 - 24
ISSN0034-673X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s13644-015-0234-1
Page range1 - 24
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