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Anglican primate: religious violence, climate change are leading issues of our time

April 20, 2016

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury has characterized religiously-motivated violence and climate change as the major issues looming in this period of history.

“For the first time in several centuries we have been facing major, global conflicts with a very clear religious content; in which at least one side-- if not both-- finds that theology is its principal motivation and whose actions are profoundly evil,” he said in an address in Zambia to the Anglican Consultative Council, a body that facilitates common action among the world’s Anglican communities.

“It doesn’t matter if it is radicalized Buddhists in Myanmar; or Hindus in India; or Muslims in many countries,” he continued. “And, sadly, Christians are part of these actions, whether as participants as in the Central African Republic; or as funders and suppliers of weaponry.”

The prelate added:

As we have heard and remember day by day, the outlook of climate change is not potentially bad; it is potentially fatal, for the most fragile countries and regions on earth; and for the billions of people who live in them.


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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Apr. 20, 2016 6:13 PM ET USA

    The outlook for everyone on the planet is always and forever precarious due to NATURE'S climate change. Don't believe it? Just ask the mammoths. It continually amazes me that there are countless museum exhibits showing the results of climate change through the millennia yet we continue to have this ridiculous bandwagon.