Research Studies Pastors And Their Takes On Global Warming

04.22.09 | FL News Team

A new study from LifeWay Research shows Protestant pastors are not entirely convinced about global warming. A release from the organization found pastors are evenly split about whether global warming is real and man-made. It also showed the believes of pastors on the issue vary widely by denomination, location, and individual ideologies.

Fully 75 percent of pastors in mainline denominations agree global warming is real and man made, while only 32 percent of pastors in evangelical denominations agree. The study found Pastors in rural areas are less convinced than those ministering in large cities.

Scott McConnell is associate director of LifeWay Research and said, "Not all pastors who consider themselves mainline serve in churches in denominations that are traditionally considered mainline. Similarly, not all pastors who consider themselves evangelical serve in denominations that are traditionally considered evangelical  Yet these denominational roots provide a strong indication of what a church's pastor believes about global warming."