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If we are to cope with climate change we need a new moral order | Andrew Brown | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

It will take the kind of conformism and sense of moral obligation offered by religious thought and ritual if we are to save the planet


.... members of the lay public who are most science literate, and the most proficient at technical reasoning, are also the most divided on climate change – in other words, the deniers of climate change are among the most scientifically literate members of the general population....

"Positions on climate change have come to signify the kind of person one is. People whose beliefs are at odds with those of the people with whom they share their basic cultural commitments risk being labelled as weird and obnoxious in the eyes of those on whom they depend for social and financial support."

There may be ways of fixing that and averting catastrophic global warming that don't make use of religious resources, but I can't think of any.

It's important to this argument to understand that religious resources need not be theistic. All they need do is make manifest a higher rationality than self-interest. ...

What religious thought – and ritual – can supply is the two things absent from normative consumer liberalism. The first is a belief that the choice between ends is not arbitrary or wholly personal: that there are moral facts of the matter; that saving as much of humanity as possible is an obligation on all of us, and that this is actually true, and not just a matter of preference.

The second is the kind of conformism, reinforced by all kinds of social ritual, large and small, which will enforce the social discipline needed to carry societies through some pretty ghastly changes. Let's face it, any adjustment to an ecologically sustainable standard of living is going to be a lot nastier than anything Greece is going through now. It will need considerable determination and solidarity.

And there you have it. Bring back the Inquisition and witch trials to ensure the social conformity needed to bomb ourselves back to the stone age.

Comments

"Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated."

I think the Borg said it far better than the Greenie you quote. Simpler too - what don't you understand in the Borg statement?

I've been saying for years that Global Warming is a religion and here we have it openly admitted by one of its lesser disciples.

No wonder they hate scientifically-literate people - those are the ones most likely to demolish their nonsense before it takes hold too widely.

Fortunately they are currently losing the argument, which is why they're becoming increasingly shrill as time goes on.

You and your readers should take a look at Fred Turner's Genesis, a great epic poem about the terraforming of Mars. It takes place in a not-too-distant future dominated by the Eco-Theist Church, which condemns all human impact on nature. It is playing out just as he saw in this 1987 book. The Eco-Theists oppose the terraforming of Mars, but a Mars-Earth war results in Martian independence.

This book has just been reissued. Fred Turner is a Brit turned Texan.

Environmentalism, in the form of Climate Change Alarmism, is a religion.

Note the structural and behavioral similarities:

Monk = Scientist - They provide the articles of the faith

Priest = Journalist - They spread the faith and convert the faithful

Sin = Carbon Emissions - How an individual's acts hurt the community

Salvation = Energy Reduction - How an individual can redeem oneself

Indulgences = Carbon Credits - Buying forgiveness

Church = IPCC - Organisation in charge of the faith

Bible = IPCC Reports - the official guidebook to the faith

Evangelists = Activists - aggressive promoters of the faith

God = Gaia - the "superhuman" who will "judge" us

Lovelock = Judas - the betrayer of the faith, the apostate

Hell = 2 degree temperature rise - hot/cold/dry/wet whatever is bad will be worse

Signs from God = Any Storm or Drought

Tithes = Carbon Taxes - every religion needs money

Environmentalism, in the form of Climate Change Alarmism, is a religion.

Note the structural and behavioral similarities:

Monk = Scientist - They provide the articles of the faith

Priest = Journalist - They spread the faith and convert the faithful

Sin = Carbon Emissions - How an individual's acts hurt the community

Salvation = Energy Reduction - How an individual can redeem oneself

Indulgences = Carbon Credits - Buying forgiveness

Church = IPCC - Organisation in charge of the faith

Bible = IPCC Reports - the official guidebook to the faith

Evangelists = Activists - aggressive promoters of the faith

God = Gaia - the "superhuman" who will "judge" us

Lovelock = Judas - the betrayer of the faith, the apostate

Hell = 2 degree temperature rise - hot/cold/dry/wet whatever is bad will be worse

Signs from God = Any Storm or Drought

Tithes = Carbon Taxes - every religion needs money

I thought '"Resistance is futile" was the cry of the Vogon guard whose job it was to throw Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect out into space.

Re the climate religion; Bible (Old Testament) = Silent Spring, Limits to growth etc.

The resemblance of the global warming and Christian faiths has been made, but in reality they are poles apart. The unfortunate thing is that the Christian churches have fallen hook line & sinker for AGW, but there are many Christians, myself included, who recognise that they are complete opposites. The AGW religion is the antithesis of Christianity, where Christ has compassion for man, AGW has none; where Christ offers forgiveness, AGW is accusatory of man; where God's creation is capable of completely sustaining man, AGW would exterminate man; where God has provided all in His creation, including the plentiful supply of fossil fuels, for man's use and described it "good", AGW pronounces it "evil".

Those of us in the church who see through the AGW rhetoric and pseudoscience, are working within the churches to change the AGW-led beliefs and it's false understanding of God's provision, but it's an uphill task, so the exposure of their hypocrisy should continue, from without as well as within.

As for the more scientifically literate disagreeing with AGW. Isn't that telling? That people who can think and can assess the evidence ('truth') are doing so, and as a result rejecting AGW? We don't need 're-educating', and our moral code is shaped by our reaction to such blatant untruth as being peddled as AGW.

Extreme, elite and, in some cses, very religious 'greens' in their own words. Must-see and very worrying. Online at THE GREEN AGENDA:

http://green-agenda.com/index.html

And to think I once had a correspondence with Andrew Brown.

In the comparison between AGW and religion, you don't need to concentrate on the Christian religion, any one will do:

1. Based on faith
2. Does not admit rational argument
3. Requires pointless but highly visible sacrifice (windmills etc)
4. Vigorously persecutes unbelievers

and, the most important characteristic - missed by the commenters above:

5. Collaborates with the civil powers of the day, and they prop each other up: "We'll give you plausible reasons to boss people about and raise taxes" - "Excellent, we'll give you the powers and the influence you need"

Eeep! Very alarming indeed. Pity the quotes in the Green Agenda are not dated, it would be interesting to know how far into the "10 years" we are...

However, as the Rev Foster has pointed out, please do not equate this latest pseudo-scientific pseudo-religion with Christianity - just a small amount of research (remember that scientific idea?) would debunk that as fast as it has AGW.

Radical Rodent

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