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Will God Forgive Us? Christianity and Climate Change | Renegade Cut


In the film First Reformed, Reverend Ernst
Toller befriends an environmental activist. When the activist commits suicide, Toller
begins to learn more and more about global warming – what we now call “climate change”
due to the George W. Bush administration hoping to soften the issue and mislead the public. Toller learns of the relationship between
the local megachurch and an industrialist who is harming the environment. Joel Jeffers, the pastor at the megachurch,
tries to dismiss these concerns, but Toller is convinced that God wants mankind to protect
the environment and that the relationship of money and religion is doing harm to God’s
creation. The film has themes of forgiveness, doubt,
all manner of things, but it’s also a fine narrative representation of how money and
religion mix to further our environmental catastrophe. Denial of anthropogenic climate change – meaning
climate change that is man-made – is not a uniquely American problem, but the percent
of deniers in America dwarf that of most other regions on Earth. When polled, 77% of the population of Latin
America said they believe and understand that climate change is harming them. European countries range from 88% to 97% of
people feeling that it’s happening and similar ranges are present for agreeing that climate
change is caused by human activity. There is a gap between “developing” countries
and countries that are already considered developed. For example, in still developing Asian and
Pacific countries, only 31% believe climate change to be a threat, but in developed countries
in that region, the number is 74%. In many still-developing African countries,
that percentage is also low. But America is unique in its denial of climate
change because it has fewer excuses. It is not a developing country, it is fully
developed by international standards. It has an education system that can inform
the public, it has a powerful media that can do that too, and it has the wealth to combat
climate change if need be. Yet, only 45% of Americans believe climate
change is a very serious problem. Furthermore, America has the third highest
percentage of climate change deniers, behind only Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. But why? Why America? What is unique to America as it relates to
climate change? The answers appear to be a perfect storm of
a large percentage of socially conservative Christians, the energy industry’s relationship
with the fiscally conservative Republican Party, and the Republican Party’s relationship
with conservative Christianity. An ouroboros. A snake that eats itself. But it wasn’t always this way, and it didn’t
have to be this way. In the book of Genesis, chapter 1, verse 26,
it was written “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so
that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock
and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’” Upon reading this, one may have the mistaken
impression that the Holy Bible commands mankind to have authority over Earth and that whatever
it chooses to do with the Earth is right in the eyes of God. This, however, ignores the very next chapter. In chapter 2, verse 15, it was written “And
the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep
it.” According to the Holy Bible, God wants mankind
to “tend the garden,” to look after the Earth. Only God owns and rules the Earth. The planet is never given to mankind in terms
of ownership but instead is “given” Earth as a task to complete for God. In the Book of Job, God said “Who has a
claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.” Tending the Earth and protecting it is commonly
called “stewardship,” the belief in Christianity that human beings do not own the world but
instead are responsible for the world and that they must take care of it while living
in it. This is also referred to as “Creation Care”
among some Christians. God wants human beings to be his collaborators
in the work of creation, redemption and sanctification. God does not do everything for us, and in
turn, Christians are commanded to perform acts for God. Church leaders often call for Christians of
various denominations to practice stewardship. Pope Paul VI, in his Octogesima Adveniens
letter, stressed the importance of preserving the environment. John Paul II had similar concerns, Pope Benedict
XVI installed solar panels in the Vatican and Pope Francis has called the exploitation
of Earth “our sin.” Francis has been explicit that climate change
is both real and mostly the result of human activity. The politics of these varying popes differ
greatly – Benedict is conservative even by papal standards – but stewardship is
a command by God Himself and is a concept that can transcend politics. Stewardship is also interdenominational. Lutheran synods – meaning assemblies of
clergymen – have declared the need for stewardship. The same is true of the Episcopal Church. In other respects, the Lutherans and Episcopalians
are political opposed, as Lutherans in America are more likely to be conservative Republicans
and Episcopalians more likely to be Democrats. But stewardship is a commonality. If stewardship is so important in Christianity,
how is opposition to stewardship communicated to Christians by American politicians, and
why do so many Christians buy into it? In 2017, the United States withdrew from the
Paris Agreement on climate change. President Donald Trump believed this would
be better for business and the businessmen who back him, but other Republicans couched
their opposition to the Paris Agreement in their Christianity and the Christianity of
their constituents. Representative Tim Walberg said “As a Christian,
I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. … And I’m confident that, if there’s
a real problem, He can take care of it.” Representative Walberg’s statement does not
hold up well to scrutiny, even among devout Christians. Dismissing a man-made problem like climate
change with a statement such as “God will sort it out” means that all concerns can
be dismissed with that. Walberg does not propose ignoring any other
problem. He recently wrote an op-ed about the opioid
crisis, introduced a bill to change healthcare options for small businesses, and so forth. Why is the answer to all other terrestrial
matters action on the part of humanity and the answer to climate change “God will sort
it out”? There is a reason why so many of his constituents
accepted this answer, and there is a separate reason why he said it in the first place. A self-serving political message needs an
audience that will accept this message for their own reasons. Let’s focus on the acceptance of this answer
among Christians first. Anthropocentrism is the philosophical viewpoint
that human beings are the most significant entities in the world and that humans are
both separate from and superior to nature. Taken to its extreme, anthropocentrism is
a viewpoint that can also contend that anything that is not human in the world does not matter
and that all resources are justifiably ours to exploit. Christian Anthropocentrism takes this further
by saying that human beings are the most significant entities in the universe and that we are both
separate from and superior to nature due to decree by God. Christian Anthropocentrism sometimes comes
into conflict with Christian Stewardship because even if Christians believe in some level of
stewardship, they also believe that whatever they chose for the environment must be for
the best if our stewardship is God’s mandate. Anyone with an even passing understanding
of the Holy Bible might find this ludicrous, considering that shortly after Adam was made
steward of the Garden of Eden, he and Eve made their infamous mistake. Christian Anthropocentrists tend to ignore
that and instead focus on Pslam 115, verse 6: The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but
the earth he has given to human beings.” Again, other books, chapters and verses clarify
that humans do not “own” the Earth, but to Christian anthropocentrists, this is close
enough. Bear in mind that anthropocentrism in and
of itself is not inherently “bad” but that it can lead Christians down a path that
may be dangerous for our planet. It’s possible to value the environment without
discarding anthropocentrism. Sometimes called prudential or enlightened
anthropocentrism, this view holds that humans do have ethical obligations toward the environment
because they can be justified in terms of obligations toward other humans. Environmental impact does not only hurt the
birds and the trees. It hurts human beings – the people who Christian
anthropocentrists believe are the most significant entities. Political scientists and public policy experts
have reported that American Christians, as a whole, have lower levels of environmental
concern than non-Christians: Jews, people of other faiths, nonbelievers, etc. The higher the level of religious commitment
– meaning self-reports of importance, frequency of religious service attendance, and frequency
of prayer, the lower the level of environmental concern. Christians have read roughly the same Bible
and have come to radically different conclusions. The two groups that are least concerned about
climate change are white Evangelicals and white Catholics – two groups that heavily
vote Republican. This is not a coincidence. More on that later. Remember that study that showed only 45% of
Americans consider climate change a very serious problem? This study shows similar but slightly different
numbers due to the question’s phrasing: 50% of Americans either very concerned or somewhat
concerned. That number is pulled down significantly by
these two groups at the bottom. According to a paper by the Bulletin of the
Atomic Scientists, this environmental backlash include conservatives suspicions that “stewardship,”
improperly understood, resembles neo-pagan nature worship and might even lead to anticapitalist
sentiments. The backlash was furthered along by a reinvigorated
belief in the “end times” and that stewardship is pointless as we near the end of the world. Hal Lindsey furthered America’s apocalyptic
expectations with his 1970 book The Late Great Planet Earth, and Tim LaHaye and Jerry B.
Jenkins exploded this into popular culture 25 years later with the Left Behind book series
and later movies. Within this mindset, catastrophic climate
change does not effectively compete for concern with the coming cosmic drama. A recent study confirms that expectation of
an imminent apocalypse among conservative American Christians is directly tied to decreased
environmental concern. In fact, with many end times believers assuming
that they will be among those saved by God, there is not only a lack of concern but even
– for some – an anticipation of the end of the world. We know why Christian Americans are willing to
deny climate change. But why do Republican politicians, whether
Christian or not, engage in this denial? Some may genuinely believe that the end times
are coming that this is all part of God’s plan, but for many politicians, the answer
is more terrestrial and less supernatural: money The oil industry, the coal industry, all energy
industries that play some part in climate change have known for a long time that global
warming is anthropogenic – man-made. Major fossil fuel companies have known for
decades that their products—oil, natural gas, and coal—cause global warming. Their own scientists told them so more than
30 years ago. In response, they concluded that they must
deceive shareholders, politicians and the public in order to maintain their billion
dollar companies. This is no longer speculation. Their tactics were made public through a series
of investigations, lawsuits, leaks and disclosures through Freedom of Information Act requests. As early as 1977, representatives from fossil
fuel companies attended congressional hearings in which carbon emissions were discussed. By 1981, at least one company – Exxon – was
already considering the implications of what their company was doing. By 1988, James Hansen, a leading NASA climate
scientist, testified before Congress that they now had irrefutable data confirming that
industrial activities were causing a steady increase in average global temperature. The overwhelming consensus among climate scientists
is that global warming is at least partially man-made. Much of the dissent, however small it may
be, comes from these right-wing think tanks and front groups funded either by fossil fuel
industries or groups affiliated with them. In order to give the false impression of a
genuine scientific debate, these think tanks say that the jury is still out on climate
change. This is trumpeted by right-wing media like
Fox News and accepted by those Americans who predominantly watch Fox News as their primary
information source. Fossil fuel industries donate to the campaigns
of politicians they believe are friendly to said industries, and these politicians then
parrot these talking points. It’s not that conservative Christians in America
are climate change deniers by happenstance or that this belief in entirely informed by
their faith. Some Christian groups and churches, realizing
that their flock is among those most likely to get suckered in by climate change denial
for all the aforementioned reasons, have tried to mitigate this damage. Unfortunately, success has been limited. In a way, this isn’t anything new. Politicians in America have relied on Christianity
to push their agendas for a long time, and the clergy have pushed the politics of the
right in a kind of unspoken handshake agreement. During the Cold War, evangelicals who believed
in the second coming of Jesus Christ argued that God wouldn’t allow mankind to destroy
itself in a nuclear war. The aforementioned Tim LaHaye, co-author of
Left Behind, wrote in 1972 that the world might be destroyed in a nuclear war, but if
it did happen, God would be behind it, and God is always right. There is a part in First Reformed in which
Reverend Toller makes a sign that says “Will God forgive us?” The global climate is projected to continue
to change over this century. It’s only a matter of how much at this point. Increased heat, drought, increased wildfires,
declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, and flooding and erosion in coastal
areas. Some of this has already begun, and some is
yet to come. Due to our low reaction to this, some of this
is inevitable, but not all of it is. There is still time to mitigate some of the
damage and keep the planet mostly habitable. At the end of First Reformed, Reverend Toller
is lost and ready for oblivion, but he is saved at the last moment. It’s not too late.

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Alex z Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Ethan Hawke should have been nominated for an Oscar for this film.

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  2. Upright Ape Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    So…..who here actually sat through "Left Behind"? Either of the repulsive Kirk Cameron or laughable Nicholas Cage ones will do. I tried to hate-watch both and had to skip to the raptury/vanishy bits cuz life is too short as it is. I think my attention span was murdered by Aaron Spelling.

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  3. Katie_pol Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks for this. I’ve not looked at or even thought much about the Christian perspective on climate change, as an atheist.

    But if some churches are able to gain us allies, that would be fantastic. I don’t care if we share different religious beliefs, I’ll happily take all the allies we can get, and happily work with those of differing beliefs. I do really hope that churches are able to use whatever they can to get more people onside- we need it badly, and we are running out of time.

    My country had an election two days ago, and voted back in a Conservative party headed by a leader who once brought in a lump of coal to parliament, telling people not to be afraid of it. This government is planning on giving permission for a new coal mine, one that would be the largest in the world (and right beside the Great Barrier Reef- can’t see how that would backfire!). They want to open up the Great Australian Bight to oil (it would be disastrous- the area is some of the most diverse in marine life in the world, as well as one of Australia’s largest fishing areas). They want to open more coal fired power plants, force farmers to open up their land to natural gas mining, and have given the oaky to fracking in the Northern Territory, home to amazing and unique wildlife). They are climate enemies, and yet they were voted back in by Australia. (They’re also really bad for the poor, disabled, and other vulnerable people, of which I am a part- personally, I’m terrified).

    They also tell people that what we do as a country doesn’t matter- we’re only 1.5% of the pollution. Though that doesn’t count our mining- we are the single largest exporter of coal in the world, and none of that coal (that we barely get royalties for) is counted in our total.

    I’m pessimistic. I don’t think we’ll turn it around in time. Australia is already suffering from climate change- we are one of the most vulnerable countries, even though we are developed. I think it’s going to get bad. I think that it’s already too late in terms of preventing 2 degrees of warming. And I think that we will certainly hit 4 degrees by the end of the century. And, I can see it getting catastrophic before anything is changed. Hello 6 degrees of warming. I think we are killing ourselves as a species, but instead of trying to stop it, we’re a runaway train. Which isn’t to say that we shouldn’t fight. And I’ll welcome Christians to that fight should they choose to join.

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  4. Otha Bojangles Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    The Night King is coming then it won’t matter who’s corpse sits on the throne!

    Reply
  5. August Szabo Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Though not a Christian myself but as someone who studies theology, it's very nice to see left youtubers addressing social matters through a concise religious lens. There's nothing wrong with an atheist or secular stance and obviously atheist leftists on youtube and elsewhere create very good content, it's still very refreshing to find content like this that give a different view. Keep it up, great video.

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  6. Taylor Bennett Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Liberal politics is also to blame in this. While they are often more inclined to agree that climate change is at least real, liberals champion "solutions" that leverage things like the relatively insignificant personal decisions of individuals, and marginal technological improvements, that can't really tackle the issue. It's capitalism, it's the economic structure we have that demands infinite growth and prioritizes profit, that needs to be fixed. Liberals are just as interested in maintaining capitalism as the conservatives. Any conversation about the obstacles to environmental protection that ignores that is misleading.

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  7. Chrisandra The Great Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Was he saved, though? I thought that he really did die, and that he only imagined being interrupted by Mary to comfort himself on his moment of death. I took it as the movie suggesting that in the face of certain death, all we can do is love each other – which, in turn, doubles a pessimistic yet bittersweet take on how to deal with the impending doom brought on by the climate change we're too greedy to stop. But maybe that's just me.

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  8. Vitto0606 Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    The video is similar to the plot of Halo 2

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  9. Free From Flags Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Let God fix it seems lazy. Sloth is a sin.

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  10. JacktheRah Posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    It's sad when I as an atheist am living more the Christian values than most actual Christians.
    Just ask yourself how could Christianity become such a reactionary dipshit religion?
    Jesus Christ was a communist. Challenging the status quo and authority itself, giving people food for free, healing people, preached antiracism.
    And the Christian god says "Yo, watch out for that planet. Don't ruin it. Keep it clean."
    The message White Christian Americans take from that is: "Oh yeah I am a good Christian so I can rule over the planet, shoot brown people on the border and let people starve if they can't pay for the food and gay people need either be killed (if they're brown) or "healed". I am totally going to heaven."

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  11. Icecoldhard Posted on May 20, 2019 at 12:03 am

    American Christians, here is another reason there are less people in your pews.

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  12. Dachusblot Posted on May 20, 2019 at 12:05 am

    I've had many arguments with my conservative Christian dad on this topic (I'm a progressive Christian myself). I've often pointed out that God gave humans direct instructions to take care of the earth; Christians should be the biggest environmentalists out of anyone. He doesn't disagree that we should take care of the earth, but he still argues that there isn't actually a problem and "global warming is a hoax." Alas, the right wing propaganda bubble is hard to break through.

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  13. KoboldExtravaganza Posted on May 20, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Australia just reelected a party full of climate denying right wing religious wing nuts. Weeeee

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  14. THE TRUTH WITH PROOF Posted on May 20, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Just become a CHRISTIAN ✝️ 4 hours ago, l hope I made the right choice : Any Advise for me is wellcome 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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  15. Aaron Sanders Posted on May 20, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Hell yeah

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  16. Topher S Posted on May 20, 2019 at 12:44 am

    By their reasoning their god could take care of murder and child abuse, too, but he stands by and let's it happen. So why not climate change. Their argument is nothing but pathetic rationalization for doing nothing.

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  17. That Vegan on Shay Mountain Posted on May 20, 2019 at 12:54 am

    combat global warming. start by going vegan

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  18. Dork One Posted on May 20, 2019 at 1:00 am

    … that has got to be one of the most awkward movie kisses I've ever seen, right there at the end.

    Reply
  19. Rob B Posted on May 20, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Considering today's climate (both social and natural) First Reformed is a film that has really haunted me for the past year and has made me wrestle with many thoughts.

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  20. Lady Grey Posted on May 20, 2019 at 1:25 am

    I feel as a catholic as well as a human to take care of earth

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  21. Vien LaCrose Posted on May 20, 2019 at 1:43 am

    This is why he kicked us out of the garden.

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  22. Laura Te Aho-White Posted on May 20, 2019 at 2:03 am

    This is God's earth (property), and we need to be looking after it as its been entrusted to us. Disrespecting earth and the creatures that inhabit it, is disrespecting God and ourselves.

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  23. CosmoShidan Posted on May 20, 2019 at 2:49 am

    This was just beautiful.

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  24. 3.14 Dragon Posted on May 20, 2019 at 2:49 am

    As a Christcom,
    Yeah. God will forgive us. Not because we haven't fucked up incredibly bad, but because They are infinitely merciful.

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  25. Brian Henry Posted on May 20, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Great video, but the premise is asking the wrong question: It shouldn't be whether a fictitious boogeyman in the sky will forgive us. Rather, whether our descendants who will be directly affected by our greed and inaction on this matter will forgive us.

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  26. micheal vega Posted on May 20, 2019 at 3:41 am

    "Only God forgives…but the question is…will he?"

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  27. Neil Olson Posted on May 20, 2019 at 3:41 am

    At least you have some hope. I personally lost my faith (heh) in humanity's ability to combat Climate Change. Unless we make headway in the effort, I see no way our species will make it to 2050. Of course, I make sure to limit my electricity use and consumption of animal products (I hope to become vegan in the next few months) in the slight chance that things change for the better.

    The EU elections as well as Jair Bolsonaro have me worried though.

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  28. Sizorr Six Posted on May 20, 2019 at 3:53 am

    666th like😈

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  29. Vinx .909 Posted on May 20, 2019 at 3:59 am

    It's not too late. Lets hope we can make it matter.
    (Can't wait to die because a couple old now dead people decided that their profit mattered then the lives of my and all future generations)

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  30. python java Posted on May 20, 2019 at 4:24 am

    I'm actually from a developing African country. The beliefs you've spoken about in this video are actually things that I've heard here. I've met a few older Christians who believe that ,"God will take care of it"
    "Jesus will come before climate change is a problem" "the earth belongs to us" "climate change is just a religious belief from pagans who worship the earth" "this wasn't prophesied in the bible"
    I often can't even believe what I'm hearing.

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  31. Disthron Posted on May 20, 2019 at 4:48 am

    You think god wants to destroy his creation?
    Yes… that's what revelations is about. It's about how he's going to destroy the world and you'd better get right with god or you'll be sent to hell in the end.

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  32. Moritz Frankholz Posted on May 20, 2019 at 5:20 am

    I've rediscovered your channel recently and I just had to say that I appreciate everything that you do and I don't know why I unsubscribed in the first place. Keep doing what you're doing cause you have really opened my eyes to many issues.

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  33. David Wright Posted on May 20, 2019 at 5:58 am

    dw fam, some of us uphold stewardship and disdain of industrialists

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  34. Mithril Hunt Posted on May 20, 2019 at 6:18 am

    We have the same problems in the UK, and on a local level too. I live in an area where the majority of the land is owned by a)The Crown Estates and b)one of the richest individuals in the UK a lot of the moorland is used for grouse shooting and as such is subject to regular burning as the grouse eat young growth heather. This has led to the destruction of the soil quality on the moors and I have witnessed an approximately 30% decrease in soil cover.
    Some years ago the area was subjected to severe flooding and while a lot of reasons were offered I heard no-one suggest that land denudation was part of the reason.
    In addition my area was one of the last areas for the Hen Harrier nesting in the UK and yet, rather than preserve and value these amazing birds the gamekeepers shot and killed them and destroyed their nests all because they ate a few grouse that rich people wanted to shoot "for sport".
    Can our ruling classes be depended upon to look after the environment on either a local or global level, hell no!

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  35. Brian J Cortes Posted on May 20, 2019 at 6:18 am

    The faith of Issa, Son of the Virgin Mary, is not the faith of the wilfully ignorant.

    May Allah (swt) forgive us, and may he make us of those who are proper stewards and custodians of his creation.

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  36. nougatzimmerframe Posted on May 20, 2019 at 6:49 am

    I've been waiting for you to do an essay on First Reformed! That movie felt like it was tailored specifically for your channel!

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  37. Osiris Malkovich Posted on May 20, 2019 at 7:09 am

    The relationship between conservative Christianity, the energy industry, and the Republican party isn't "a snake eating its own tail,"
    it's a rich man shoving his head up his own ass.

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  38. Riccardo Olivieri Posted on May 20, 2019 at 7:31 am

    There is a fundamental problem with all theistic religions: basing your worldview on books/traditions from hundreds if not thousands of years ago is silly. These religions prime you to dismiss scientific evidence when it conflicts with what you have decided constitutes a core aspect of your faith.

    Alas, there is a problem: atheism isn't all that fun. Turns out religions fulfill many important psychological needs (e.g. community, safety, purpose).

    The solution may just be Atheopaganism: a religion that is firmly grounded in science while attempting to satisfy the aforementioned psychological needs.

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  39. nic niczo Posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:05 am

    "Humans are superior to nature, the most significant entities on earth."

    This made me laugh, it´s so stupid it´s funny

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  40. Hi Hikikomori Posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:39 am

    i' ve been personaly in one group of climate change deniers, I met them via internet, so I joined them for curiosity. And what i've read goes beyond immagination. they are absolutely terrible people. they refuses every fact you offer to them and instead they almost immediatly started to harassing me suggesting that I had to die and inviting me with violence to commit suicide. i was disturbed by this fact. I realized we are governed by these people. and that hurts a lot because they will never give a fuck about life and anything. they would leave th3 children die for profit. that's a child abuse. this is a crime against life itself. i can't get my head around this.

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  41. Sev Posted on May 20, 2019 at 9:50 am

    I love your videos but "America has […] the wealth to combat climate change if need be"… IF ?

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  42. jan westermeyer Posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:23 am

    There is a study on the views of people on climate change and GMO depending on their self assessed and objective knowledge. It focusses mostly on attitudes towards GMOs but it also says that your attitude toward global warming shows a correlation with your political attitude rather than your knowledge on the matter. So conservatives are more likely to be climate skeptics. The study was made with data from the US, France and Germany.

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  43. James VonRaynor Posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:34 am

    We can't save ourselves and our Earth because humanity is corrupted. Only Jesus can save us.

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  44. Choco mel Posted on May 20, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Wow, great video again. Maybe the most important topic of our times and I am glad to see it discussed

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  45. Ryan Benson Posted on May 20, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Only 45%!!! I’m an American living in the South and I can’t believe it’s so low. Holy $h!t

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  46. Doggie Style Posted on May 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Man was banished from the garden.

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  47. Doodle Dabble Posted on May 20, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    As a person of evangelical upbringing who is concerned with climate change, I have witnessed no stronger identity politics than in the Republican Party. If you think climate change exists, then your faith is questioned.

    Most of this is from politicians and conservative news stations.

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  48. Kano71 Posted on May 20, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    It took God 3 billionaire years to create the earth and bring human kind (therefore his church to existence) , he told us to be caretakers of his creation. American conservatives non-christians are in for a tough time shortly.

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  49. Takumi Did Nothing Wrong Posted on May 20, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    2:37 Oh, yes, the Holy Trinity of American pollution: Christianity, Big Oil, and the Republican Party.

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  50. Lil Kitsune Mischief Posted on May 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    This is a good video. More people don't realize how much Christians and evangelicals are the one of the many main influencers behind climate change. Thanks for making this video so people will understand it

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  51. Oh No Posted on May 20, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Every other day I feel despair over the fact that the usa is destroying the entire world and there is nothing we can do. Every political party in sweden (except the racist one) do things to save our enviroment, but what's the point when the second biggest contibitor is doing jack shit? Can you all just kill the government or something please

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  52. Sloppy Joe Posted on May 20, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Cherry picking the bible or just assuming it agrees with you is an old trick of the American Christian. For example, hating minorities, socialists and political dissidents even though Jesus was All Three

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  53. Will Swanson Posted on May 20, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    The description of the "Christian" right-wing, the Republican Party, and the petroleum industry as an Ouroboros is depressingly apropos.

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  54. theory pleeb Posted on May 20, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    The apocalypticism of Christian conservativism is a fundamental reason for the ones I know to just not care. Glad you brought that into this. Overall, another solid video. Great work!

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  55. Blixer Posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Jesus made it really clear that if you abuse and misuse the gifts he gives he can and WILL take them away, And the earth and all that is on it is God's gift to humanity.

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  56. Michael Timely Posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    American Christian conservatives believe Jesus is coming any day now, they have been convinced of this ever since the founding of modern Israel. They believe doing anything for the future will discourage Jesus from returning, or something just as stupid. Conservative end-times superstition is the greatest threat facing humanity because they won't help us do anything to secure a survivable future and will do whatever it takes to prevent one.

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  57. TheChowitzer Posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I always found it bizarre how many Christians treat the natural creation of their deity with such contempt.

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  58. combustionwaltz Posted on May 20, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    love your message of hope. really feeling that is needed these days.

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  59. shaneruegg Posted on May 20, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I watch all your videos – and they're all great. This is one of the best. Maybe the best. Excellent work.

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  60. help me Posted on May 20, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    The nihilism behind people who think the end is coming and/or that they will be saved is such surface level thinking. To a certain extent I get it, because I think many people struggle with a similar type of nihilism, but at the same time it seems to me that the noble thing to do would be to make people's live better until the 'inevitable end'. So that there doesn't need to be needless suffering yknow. Idk how exactly to phrase it

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  61. Christopher Richardson Posted on May 20, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Our historical framework will always prevent America from being better then we can be

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  62. Geli Posted on May 21, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Literal historical Jesus! I get Lindsay Ellis, donoteat, and Renegade Cut all in the same day?

    ⚰️ from overdose on historical-materialist criticism. Died happy, with a browser bar full of tabs from channels she loved

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  63. Guillaume Chevalier Posted on May 21, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Thank you for talking not only about christploitation movies (Left Behind, God's Not Dead, etc.) but also about good christian films! Without you I'd never heard of "Doubt"… And I'm looking forward to watch this one.

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  64. Flush Fries Posted on May 21, 2019 at 6:22 am

    So much hate in the comments. I just wanted to watch a film analysis.

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  65. Spectra Posted on May 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

    It's the height of irony how the religious Right in this country loves to claim that increased natural disasters are God's punishment for our growing secularism and putting our faith in the "religion" of science, when it's the secular people/atheists/scientists who are the ones actually doing anything at all to prevent more of these disasters by fighting back against the climate change that the religious Right denies.

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  66. Mathieu Leader Posted on May 21, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    love the green tint

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  67. Mathieu Leader Posted on May 21, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    I'm suprised that a megachurch has not been named the Alpha & Omegachurch

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  68. Krissy Diggs Posted on May 21, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I wish there were a way to get people to understand, but so many people are so far up their own ego that it's impossible to get through to people. I feel like we should be able to sue Fox News for spreading misinformation so severe that it's killing our planet.

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  69. S Dev Posted on May 21, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I hope you are right.

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  70. montecristo1845 Posted on May 21, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    There’s an argument to be made for Respect. Those who give it, those who demand it, and those who have none. As well as respect for each other, respect for the Earth, etc. Discuss…

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  71. im19ice3 Posted on May 22, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    while i'm against anthropocentrism in all ways, i support the logic of what would jesus do. and i really don't think jesus would be in favor of just letting the world burn.

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  72. JustOneThingDM Posted on May 22, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Great video. I wish there was a way for me to share this information to my close family and friends who would otherwise close their ears and start yelling the minute I tried to rationally speak about climate change to them. It is one of my biggest frustrations.

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  73. Tematrilia Posted on May 23, 2019 at 6:37 am

    I am agnostic and" leftist" I have to say that not just religious types but also leftists types, many of them, have an anthropocentric vision of the world, humans first approach, humans are better sort of… I hope that will change soon because that is discrimination and speciesism, and of course stupid, ignorant and dangerous

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  74. Irondrone4 Posted on May 23, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I like how so many of these climate change denier mouthpieces are exceptionally rich, and stand to profit from denying climate change, and that some Christians believe their rhetoric as a result. Because, as we all know, if there's one class of people Jesus was totally cool with, it was the exceedingly rich.

    Spoilers, no, he wasn't.

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  75. Barbara B Posted on May 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I just want us to fix this. I don’t know how we’ll do it, but we have to before we run out of time.

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  76. mollytherealdeal Posted on May 24, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    This is more a tribal issue than a religious issue. For decades, members of the Republican party have been cultivating a group of fanatics to achieve political victory, those who would ignore facts, the prestige of those with knowledge like teachers, scientists, bureaucrats and only care about victory. Those fanatics have taken over the party. White Evangelical Christians have made a deal with the Devil in the form of electing Trump to finally overthrow Roe vs Wade. It could happen soon. There are members of the Supreme Court who have stated they oppose the precedent and believe in another criterion of "original intent".

    America is not the only polluting country. Chinese coal consumption has curtailed, and it is trying to dominate the Green Energy industry with low priced solar PV. France has fission power plants. Germany has a head start with its Green Energy programs. Regenerative agriculture could sequester quite a bit of carbon dioxide even though America's energy industry controls the White House. Even though an authoritarian populist has power, we still have freedom of speech, and the power to vote. Our hard work is our hope.

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  77. PD Zombie Posted on May 25, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    The meek shall inherit the earth… or whatever wasteland christians don't seem bothered to care for now. As always the moral of the story is that there's nothing worst than money and religion in politics. Thanx, Leon!!!

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  78. Matt Ambrose Posted on May 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Many Native American tribes had much more of a handle on this idea of stewardship of the living planet than mainstream modern 'Christian' society does or ever has. I'd like to see Christian groups apologise for the cultural genocides they committed in collusion with colonial governments against Native peoples, and perhaps pour some of their money into Native cultural and religious regeneration efforts; traditional Native languages, customs and spiritual traditions are struggling all across N America as a result of these policies.

    As for whether God will forgive us, forget what God thinks, he gives no-one any indication, so why bother guessing. Maybe consider whether all the voiceless plants and animals and living things would forgive us if they could; they're the ones we're hurting, not 'God'. I just see it as more Anthropocentrism. However, huge respect to you for really caring, for bucking the trend and speaking up for the planet.

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  79. SPDYellow Posted on May 27, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Denialism is also helped along because deep down, people don’t want to believe in human-caused climate change. If they admit to the truth of it, that would require them to admit that they were horribly wrong and to survive, will require a massive restructuring of traditionally held beliefs and society as a whole. It’s kind of understandable that no one wants to be blamed for wiping out the planet.

    It also doesn’t help that corporations have been able to frame environmental destruction as a matter of personal responsibility, rather than a systematic problem interwoven into the fabric of society.

    Should your Average Joe try to recycle more, take shorter showers, and carpool more often? Sure and it’s a good thing for people to do that. But it doesn’t change the fact that your average ordinary citizen is responsible for maybe 0.5% of the pollution and their efforts won’t do much against the massive amount being put out by corporations.

    Think of it this way: suppose a massive structure is on fire and there are huge flamethrowers the size of the Chrysler Building constantly belching out more flames. The citizens see all this and are alarmed, but their government and corporations assure them that they can do their part by taking a glass of water and pouring it onto the flames. Do the glasses of water make the problem worse? No. Do the glasses of water help? Yes, they help some, but any help provided is minuscule, and it doesn’t do much good against massive engines that constantly keep belching fire and fuel onto a massive raging inferno. The only shot we have of putting out the fire and salvaging what’s left, is by attacking and destroying the engines before they destroy everything.

    So don’t shame ordinary citizens for this mess; shame the rich and powerful who are killing the planet. For those of you wondering, someone crunched the numbers on Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth documentary and concluded that even under the best case scenario, where every person on Earth adopted and used all of Gore’s suggestions, it would only reduce the pollution by 20% which helps some, but like I said, saving the world is going to require more substantial efforts.

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  80. cutepinkbandanaman Posted on May 27, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    "Sin is okay. Ignoring the word of God is okay. You can just order God to forgive you and tell him to fix everything after you've done what you felt like doing." -How Christianity works according to politicians

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  81. Vish Wah Posted on May 28, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Liked subscribed and part of the notification squad. Love your work.

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  82. Hieronymus Heim Posted on May 29, 2019 at 9:42 am

    even the pope (for christs sake (ha!)) says we have to fight climate change

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  83. Scott Shea Posted on May 30, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    The think that kills me is that all of these people are rabidly pro-life, but without a speck of concern for the world that these fetuses will grow up to inhabit…

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  84. Ofinfinitejest Posted on June 6, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Excellent discussion. Exxon began preparing–in the mid 1980s mind you–for what they thought was certain to be legislation to greatly reduce CO2 emissions. Then the idea of denialism emerged in the fossil fuel industry, and wedded to paranoid radical right wing ideas and the Republican Party, and as mentioned here with Christian fundamentalism, they realized they could keep and expand their profits instead of saving the environment and saving future generations. This is humanity at its ultimate worst, and it suggests we may well deserve to destroy ourselves. The next election will decide it all, without question.

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  85. This Account has been deleted Posted on July 6, 2019 at 2:25 am

    My dad says that Climent change doesn't exist, but also says that in the end times lots of crazy things will happen. Those same things are what everyone else says are effects of climate change.

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  86. DeepEye1994 Posted on July 8, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I always saw the story of Adam and Eve and the beginning of mankind as this: first God gave them Paradise and the ONLY thing they have to do to keep staying in the Garden of Eden is to not eat the apple, basically the red button.
    When they failed, God put them on Earth basically going "Alright, I'll give you another chance. Here's another place filled with life, and there is no red button thing like the apple. The ONLY thing you gotta do is take care of your new home."

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  87. atam mardes Posted on July 14, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    If a religion is reformed over the years in order to be accepted by folks, then that means the initial teachings of that religion were flawed & had to be reformed simply because they were made up by fallible primitive folks, and NOT by a so-called all-knowing timeless infallible God. The God, Satan, Adam&Eve, sin, virgin birth, resurrection, & walking on water stories were all made up. Religions has got the fools by the balls.

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  88. donnell outlaw Posted on July 22, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

    “‘the sun will be darkened,
        and the moon will not give its light;
    the stars will fall from the sky,
        and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]

    (Matt. 24:29)

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  89. donnell outlaw Posted on July 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Given this thought, we all will die one day, should that mean we should stop taking care of ourselves?

    #excuses

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  90. Oliver Marijuana Jones Posted on August 9, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Because Jesus. The same reason that we are being dragged back into the Dark Ages in a thousand ways. Christianity belongs on the trash heap of history, along with dozens of other belief systems that are destructive and anti-intellectual. American Christians are the worst, full of dangerous bullshit like their belief in a looming apocolapse. "God's plan" is just shorthand for the laziest thinking around.

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  91. Will Day Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Climate change is the direct result of math and science.

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  92. Rolo World Tour Posted on September 2, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    So basically christians are waiting for the world to end and couldnt care less because promice of an afterlife

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  93. Jamestown Posted on September 9, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I myself am both a Christian and an Anthropocentrist, but I do think the environment should be protected so I guess that makes me a Prudential Anthropocentrist. Simply put, we need the environment to survive and even if we didn't our lives are better with it around than without it.

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  94. Ghostrick Alucard Posted on September 9, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Guys the battle of Megiddo is gonna happen anyday now so no worries. Send all you money to Israel so we can get to the end of this shit show already!

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  95. Hero of Kush Posted on September 9, 2019 at 5:59 am

    No because God is not real.

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  96. Lonely Chameleon Posted on September 9, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    If God were real, then no, no he would not.

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  97. Prometheus Posted on September 11, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I wouldn't say the Republican Party is "fiscally conservative".

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  98. lester chua Posted on September 17, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I dunno. Pat Robertson of the 700 Club believes in man-made climate change. And even used it as a sign of the end times.

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  99. Cameron Kujas Posted on September 18, 2019 at 7:09 am

    God this shit is so depressing. I wish us younger generations wouldn't be stuck with this shitty aftermath that were probably gonna get.

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