Environmentalism as Religion

Extremely thought-provoking words from Michael Crichton:

I have been asked to talk about what I consider the most important challenge facing mankind, and I have a fundamental answer. The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance.

We must daily decide whether the threats we face are real, whether the solutions we are offered will do any good, whether the problems we’re told exist are in fact real problems, or non-problems.

Today it is said we live in a secular society in which many people—the best people, the most enlightened people—do not believe in any religion. But I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form. You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.

Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism.

There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.

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4 Comments on “Environmentalism as Religion

  1. So very true. It can be pretty crazy. I am all for being a good steward of the earth, but worshiping it? Nope.


  2. I appreciate hearing rational, verifiably researched sommentary on environmentalism. It’s crazy how many people are buying into the popular propaganda on this topic. The research is just not there. And scientists are not lining up in agreement with so many of these popular enviornmental myths. The Heartland Institute(http://www.globalwarmingheartland.org/) publishes several newspapers, including Environment and Climate News, which you can receive for free. It presents a different set of facts and research than you will hear from mainstream liberal media and environmental groups.


  3. Good point. I wonder if, sometimes, Christians neglect the Dominion Mandate, with the excuse: “environmental hogwash.”Don’t get me wrong.Worshipping the Environment IS WRONG.But respecting it?I just think it’s kind of funny.Seems like more Christians would be interested in taking proper Dominion of the Earth and caring for it, since, after all, Genesis provides us with a grave responsibility.Anyhow, don’t run crazy with all that. I know the temptation to do it, when somebody sounds ‘leftist.’Just think about it…once again, GREAT STUFF. Like the blog.


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