On my post Mission Creep the other day, this curmudgeonly conversation happened
Geoffrey RS Sales said:
I’ve always thought that if they were true to their beliefs, liberal theologians would all be pagans.
Yep, I’ve always thought they would cease to be either liberal,, or theologians, or maybe both! 🙂
Servus Fidelis said:
They are pagans, my friend, they are only on a mission to make the rest of us pagans as well.
It’s true, of course, and mind, we’re not Rome bashing here. They just have the bulliest pulpit, we all have these fools.
Of course, we aren’t the first to notice it either, the other day an article from The Federalist crossed my screen as well which is pertinent.
When Global Warming Really Does Become Religion
In the words of atmospheric physicist John Reid, anthropogenic global warming is “the central tenet of this new belief system in much the same way that the Resurrection is the central tenet of Christianity. . . . My skepticism about AGW arises from the fact that, as a physicist who has worked in closely related areas, I know how poor the underlying science is. In effect, the scientific method has been abandoned in this field.”
If creation and Creator are one, nature itself is sacred. Any animist could say the same.
But our shepherds know better: AGW is incontrovertible. A decadent West has imperiled the planet. The bishops repudiate “voracious consumerism of the developed world.” They reject material growth as a model of development: “Unrestrained economic growth is the not the answer to improving the lives of the poor.”
If not economic growth, then what? Answer: “an exceptional call to conversion” that will lead Christians “to find God dwelling in created things.” Straddling the orphic and the theological, the bishops hasten to add that God also surpasses all things. But a canker has dropped on the rose. The addendum does nothing to blunt the mystical assertion that God dwells in nature. And if creation and Creator are one, nature itself is sacred. Any animist could say the same.’
If you are my age and were paying attention back in the 60s and 70s, there was a lot of bleating about the population crises. Well, one could see what they were talking about, I suppose.
1AD – 1804 (1803 years): 0.2 to 1 billion people
1804 – 2011 (207 years): from 1 billion to 7 billion people.
Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division
Note that a lot of that has to do with infant mortality and life expectancy, but my point is this; we have far more people in the world than we ever have, and they’re living better, on average than anybody ever did. In fact, I think a person on welfare in the developed world likely lives a life that the emperor (any of them) of Rome would simply gape at in awe.
In other words as people lived longer, we found ways to feed them, not only as well, but much better. Not everyone, everywhere, all the time, but mostly it is so. That is what free markets do. I’ve commented several time on the tripling of the corn (maize) harvest in the US Midwest in my lifetime to the point that we use it as fuel and to make plastics as much as we do for food.
From the above link:
Beware the ‘Settled Science’
Now comes Francis, advised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: “On climate change, there is a clear, definitive, and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.”
The science is neither clear nor definitive, and the Vatican appears to have forgotten the Lysenko affair. That was the twentieth century’s most notorious instance of the scandal—and tragedy—of politically correct science. By stacking the deck in favor of a manufactured “consensus” over the still-contested issue of man-made global warming, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences risks comparison with the ideologically driven postures of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences in the Soviet Union during the Stalin era.
Marxism thought itself to have progressed from Utopia to science. Environmentalism makes a corresponding claim for itself. Both are governments or their legislation. You can’t find much actual global warming in present-day weather observations. Climate change is a matter of geologic time, something that the earth routinely does on its own without asking anyone’s permission or explaining itself.”affords for authoritarian controls and for subordinating science to the advocacy needs of politics.
Let me leave the last word with Robert B. Laughlin, Nobel Prize-winning Stanford University physicist and former research scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: “Please remain calm: The Earth will heal itself. Climate is beyond our power to control. . . . Earth doesn’t care about governments or their legislation. You can’t find much actual global warming in present-day weather observations. Climate change is a matter of geologic time, something that the earth routinely does on its own without asking anyone’s permission or explaining itself.”
‘Nuff said. Except for this
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man —
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began: —
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!