The thought of climate change as a major issue has often been dismissed by many white evangelicals. Oftentimes evangelicals see climate change running counter to their strict interpretations of theology. However, some pastors and environmentalists in the community are hoping to re-contextualize the issue for those who denounce climate change in their congregations. CRCC’s senior director of research and evaluation, Richard Flory, spoke to CBS to weigh in on why many evangelicals refuse to accept climate change as a reality:
“[Much of the] theology doesn’t work with the whole idea of climate change where humans can actually do some damage to the Earth against God’s plan,” Richard Flory, senior director of research and evaluation at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, told NBC News.