Nature May Have A Profound Effect On Our Religiosity

21 Aug

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

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…

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