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Religiosity and environmental opinion in Europe: a comparative study.
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0404-9496
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The objective is to test if religiosity affects environmental opinion in Europe. According to historian Lynn White, Christianity causes most of the environmental problems of today, since it has created an extreme anthropocentric belief, including the image of mankind as “master over nature.” Using data from European Social Survey (ESS) 2002/2003, the study answers three questions. At societal level: Is the public opinion about environment different in political systems with separate Christian traditions? Is the environmental concern less or higher in the public opinion depending on the degree of secularization in the political systems? At individual level: Is the environmental opinion of the individual affected by the personal confession of faith, religious involvement and the dominant religious context? At societal level, the findings show stronger concern for environment in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries than in Protestant countries. The tendency also show a weaken concern for environment in countries with a rather secular population. At individual level, there are significant positive effects on environmental care from Catholic culture, and negative effect from Protestant culture. Yet, there is no effect on environmental opinion from religious involvement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. p. 1-19
Keywords [en]
religion, politics, environment, opinion, religiosity, lynn white, comparative, Europe
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-6558OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-6558DiVA, id: diva2:284958
Conference
Statsvetenskapliga förbundets årsmöte, workshop: Jämförande politik
Available from: 2010-01-08 Created: 2010-01-08 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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