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Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval

Philip Jenkins


Repeatedly through history, the world has been subject to severe climate-driven shocks, which have caused famine, disease, violence, social upheaval, and mass migration. Commonly, such episodes have been understood in religious terms, through the language of apocalypse, millennium, and Judgment. Often too, such eras have sparked far-reaching changes in the nature of religion and spirituality. Depending on the circumstances, the response to climatic visitations might include explosions in religious passion and commitment; the stirring of mystical and apocalyptic expectations; waves of religious ... More

Keywords: climate change, apocalyptic traditions, religious revolutions, climate shocks, history of religion, millenarian movements, exile, diaspora

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197506219
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197506219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Jenkins, author
Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University