end-times-620x407A majority of Americans believe (62 percent) that climate change is causing natural disasters, but a substantial proportion of the nation also thinks that these calamities are the result of the “end times” (49 percent) as recounted in the Bible, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. The research firm — which published the findings in its new report — “Believers, Sympathizers & Skeptics,” noted in its analysis that this end times proportion is up five percentage points from 2011, when just 44 percent agreed that natural disasters are evidence of the apocalypse. The percentage was highest in the latest wave of research among white evangelicals (77 percent), who favored the “end times” over climate change (49 percent) when it came to assessing causal factors for recent events. More