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Nature May Have A Profound Effect On Our Religiosity

August 21, 2015

In U.S. counties with warm winters, temperate summers and beautiful natural resources — like beaches, lakes, hills or mountains — people’s rates of affiliation with religious organizations are lower than in other places, according to a new study.

At NPR, anthropologist Barbara J. King has a fascinating post on a recent study linking varying religious affiliation in the U.S. to varying natural landscapes. This conclusions remind me of worries of early 20th-century Protestant clergy about the allure of California’s natural landscape that I found in my research some 30 years ago.

You can find King’s post here: Nature May Have A Profound Effect On Our Religiosity : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR.

(In relation to religion and environment, I’d recommend Mark R. Stoll’s new book, Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and Rise of American Environmentalism [New York: Oxford University Press, 2015]. He argues for a major Congregationalist and Presbyterian impulse for the movements for agricultural improvements, parks, forest preserves, and conservation in general. Ironically, though, recognizing God in nature on the part of leaders in what could be called conservation was intertwined with broader currents of secularization.)

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  1. August 21, 2015 9:26 pm

    Reblogged this on Buffalo Doug.

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