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12/17/2014 02:07 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

O'Reilly Draws Comparison Between Belief In Jesus, Man-Made Climate Change

Sixty-five percent of Americans believe in the Gospel version of Jesus Christ's birth, says Bill O'Reilly, more than those that believe in global warming.

On Tuesday's episode of "The O'Reilly Factor," the Fox personality explored that belief schism, asking panelists Julien Musolino, a psychology professor at Rutgers, and Joshua Dubois, a former faith advisor to President Obama, if it's possible for someone to believe in the birth of Jesus and global warming at the same time.

"Professor, people choose to believe," O'Reilly says, addressing Musolino. "It's a choice, it's a conscious choice. You say you're surprised that more people believe in the birth narrative of Jesus that comes from the Bible ... than in global warming.

"But it's a little misleading," O'Reilly continues. "It's not that they don't believe the Earth is getting warmer -- anyone who can read a thermometer knows it is -- they don't believe that it's been proven conclusively that it's because man is doing certain things. ... It's easier to believe in a benevolent God -- the baby Jesus -- than it is in some kind of theory about global warming. It's just easier, isn't it not?"

WATCH a clip from the show, above, and the full segment, below:

H/T MediaMatters

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