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Friday, April 23, 2010

The Not So Comical Parallels - Environmentalism to Christianity

In posts dating back to 2007, I have attempted to chronicle the philosophical and historical parallels between Christianity and the religion of environmentalism.

The specific parallels are quite interesting if not comical (phrases in quotes below are Michael Chrichton which can be found in above link). Here is a list if you are scoring at home:

Object of worship - Mother Earth or Gaia based on idea of intrinsic value, a value asserted on faith, i.e., apart from an objective standard based on man's life

Garden of Eden - pre-human earthly "paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature" - A bio-diverse Disney like eco-system where bunnies and lions frolic - it has the perfect temperature where, evidently, climate never changes

Fall and Original Sin - "fall from grace into a state of pollution"; man's inescapable nature requires use of the earth for survival - a condition known as "carbon footprint". "We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability"

Hell - Roast to death from Global Warming; Global apocalypse

Hereafter - so-called "future generations" or the beneficiaries of conservation

Communion - organic food

Idealize asceticism and sacrifice to God - renunciation of material possessions, technology, and comfort in favor of self-abnegation, downsizing, and recycling

Saints and Apostles - Rachel Carson; Al Gore, modern St. Paul (unoriginal but notable emissary); Paul Ehrlich; James Lovelock; Jane Goodall

Early Christian cults - Greenpeace, Earth First, etc.

Holy Roman Empire, political power - EPA, United Nations, Obama administration

Council of Nicaea - UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to settle official orthodoxy

I believe we now have a new parallel. I claim that the Climategate scandal parallels Theodosius I enforcement of the Nicene creed as the official religion of the Roman Empire leading to Theophilus burning the Library of Alexandria. In other words, given that official orthodoxy has been established, no need for any other pesky ideas to corrupt the Truth
Theodosius I enforces Nicene Creed, Theophilus burning of the Library of Alexandria - Climategate scandal, burning of the data, replace actual knowledge with orthodox decrees from authority

We could refer to this last as "Science is Over".

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