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Open Access Die Ratio der ,Klima-Religion“. Eine theologisch-ethische Auseinandersetzung mit klimaskeptischen Argumenten

The Reason of “Climate-Religion”. A Theological-Ethical Critique of Climate Skeptical Arguments

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Climate skeptics put forth many arguments against climate protection. Among them, two are particularly interesting from a theological point of view: First, climate protection is described as a new, secular religion, with dogmas and declared heretics and with a system of purchasable indulgence analogous to medieval Catholicism. Second, this “climate-religion” gains its power largely from inducing fear – fear of apocalyptic catastrophes coming soon if people won't change their lifestyles fundamentally. The article, written in a perspective of theological ethics, does not deny the skeptics' analysis of climate protection as religion. It rejects, however, the underlying negative evaluation of any religion as behind the times and as lacking any rationality, providing evidence for the reasonability of “climate religion”.

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Keywords: APOCALYPSE; CLIMATE SKEPTICS; FEAR; HOPE; RELIGION; SUSTAINABILITY; TIMESCALE

Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2014

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