“A supernatural punisher maybe part of the solution.”
He said in the past a belief in a god, or gods, that punish the unrighteous may have been part of the mechanism of evolution that maintains co-operation in a dog-eat-dog world.
Having a god as the ultimate punisher was possibly a logical step for a society to take, he added.
“People who believe in the End of Days, who believe the world is going to come to an end, don’t care about climate change,” he said. “I think there is quite a strong connection between the religious right and climate change denial.”
Asked if religious leaders should be doing more to persuade people to combat climate change, he replied: “absolutely”.
Athiest Calls for Religion to Take Central Role in Combatting Climate Change