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Between God and GreenHow Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change$
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Katharine K. Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895885.001.0001

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Negotiating Climate Care’s Opposition

Negotiating Climate Care’s Opposition

(p.65) 4 Negotiating Climate Care’s Opposition
Between God and Green

Katharine K. Wilkinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the opposition faced by evangelical climate advocacy from more conservative members of the community. Each development—of creation care generally and of climate care specifically—has sparked further backlash from the evangelical Right: competing campaigns, opposing groups, and efforts to unseat leaders. But what drives this opposition? Though, on the surface, it appears to be grounded in a skeptical view of climate science and mitigation, the conflicts that orbit this particular issue actually extend far beyond the greenhouse effect and emissions reduction. Sustained attention to the tensions between the evangelical Right and climate care advocates, as well as to the developments of organized climate change skepticism, suggest this backlash is partially a denial of the fact of climate change. At a deeper level, however, the debate is emblematic of broader contests between the moderate and conservative wings of evangelicalism; the more extended forces of economics, politics, and ethics are ultimately at work.

Keywords:   evangelical climate advocacy, climate care, evangelical community, climate change, evangelical right, evangelicalism

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