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Religions 2016, 7(5), 46; doi:10.3390/rel7050046

Impact of Religious Affiliation on Ethical Values of Spanish Environmental Activists

Department of Geology, Geography and the Environment, University of Alcalá, Colegios 2, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Spain
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Received: 23 February 2016 / Revised: 15 April 2016 / Accepted: 27 April 2016 / Published: 4 May 2016
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We analyzed the impact of religious affiliation on the ethical and environmental values of Spanish environmental activists, based on an internet survey and a working seminar held with representatives of major environmental non-government organizations (ENGO) of Spain. Respondents’ religious affiliations were significantly different compared with those of Spanish society in general, with a much higher proportion of Buddhists, agnostics and atheists and a lower proportion of Catholics. Strict environmental values of ENGOs activists did not show significant differences between the religious groups, which imply that religious beliefs did not impact actual environmental values. However, they did have a significant influence on the activists’ opinions on other bioethical issues. We found that Catholics and believers of other religions were more in favor than agnostics and atheists of introducing ethical limits on abortion, euthanasia or human embryo manipulation. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental ethics; bioethics; religion; environmental activists; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO); Spain environmental ethics; bioethics; religion; environmental activists; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO); Spain
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Chuvieco, E.; Burgui, M. Impact of Religious Affiliation on Ethical Values of Spanish Environmental Activists. Religions 2016, 7, 46.

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