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Religion and Environmental Opinion in the U.S. and Sweden
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. (Statsvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0404-9496
2002 (English)In: American Political Science Association: Proceedings on line, 2002, 1-24 p.Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The objective is to test if religiosity affects environmental opinion in the U.S. and Sweden. 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.? The study tests five theories either evolved from the Lynn White assumption or criticizing it. 1. Religiously involved Christians are less concerned with environment than Seculars and other religions. 2. There is no relationship between religion and environmental concern at all. 3. There is no single Judeo-Christian tradition in this matter, because: a) Protestants tend to be less concerned with environment than adherents to Catholic and Orthodox Churches, b) adherents to Evangelical Churches show low environmental concern, c) Evangelical values are related to low environmental concern, and d) literal Bible understanding is related to low environmental concern. 4. Religiosity increases environmental concern. 5. America is an exception and only in the U.S. is Christian religiosity related to low environmental concern. The importance of religion is tested through a most dissimilar study design. The U.S. is a case of highly religious population, religious heterogeneous society, and independent churches. The Swedish population is very secularized, Sweden is religiously homogenous, and have a state church tradition. The study uses survey data from 2000: National Election Studies (NES), Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan, and the SOM survey, SOM Institute, G?teborg University. The findings support the notion of American exceptionalism, since the effect of religion on environmental opinion deviates between the two countries. In the U.S., Evangelical Churches and literal Bible understanding lower environmental concern. In Sweden, Religious involvement increases environmental concern. However, if religion is related with environmental concern, the relation ought to be the same, irrespective of country specific context. In explaining environmental concern, the findings call for a greater attention on country specific contextual variables other than religion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. 1-24 p.
Keyword [en]
politics, opinion, religion, USA, Sweden, environment, comparative
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-8041OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-8041DiVA: diva2:346583
Conference
Annual meetig and Exhibition of the American Political Association (APSA), Boston 2002
Projects
Religiositet och politik vid millennieskiftet
Available from: 2010-09-01 Created: 2010-09-01 Last updated: 2014-04-03Bibliographically approved

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