The Anglican Gaia hypothesis

Anglicans today are consumed by all thing temporal and few things transcendent. Hence,  they are participating in the Season of Creation:

A CEREMONIAL water-walk along the Great Lake, in Toronto; a river clean-up in Swaziland; and a protest by women religious at a landfill of radioactive material are among the activities that will take place this month to mark the Season of Creation.

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In Canada, a coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people will walk along the Great Lake waterfront to promote the better protection of waterways. A bi-weekly vigil and protest is being held at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri, where radioactive material is stored. It is being led by Sr Jeanne Derer, who said that the the Franciscan Sisters of Mary were “committed to acting in the name of justice and love for Creation”.

The environmental co-ordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the Revd Dr Rachel Mash, spoke of a second year of drought. “If rainfall does not improve, the city of Cape Town could run out of municipal water by March,” she said. “Climate change has affected rain patterns, and the worst is yet to come. We have stolen the earth from our children. As Anglicans, healing the earth is a mission priority.”

If “healing the earth” sounds suspiciously like attributing life-like qualities to an inanimate object, it’s because it is. The Anglican eco-justice movement is a disguised form of Gaia worship.

Ironically, James Lovelock, the environmentalist who came up with the Gaia hypothesis has now repudiated it, demonstrating, once again, that the more contemporarily trendy the church attempts to be, the more irrelevant it becomes:

Lovelock is probably best known in environmental circles as the progenitor of Gaia theory – the idea that the planet is a self-regulating, living organism. In 2006, he boosted his green credibility even further with his bestselling book The Revenge of Gaia, whose doomsday narrative predicted that by 2100 climate change would have wiped out 80 percent of the world’s population.

But Lovelock has since renounced this view. Though he still thinks carbon dioxide is a problem because of its warming effects on the climate, he now believes the threat is not immediate.

His change of heart was brought about partly by being in Oslo when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was not impressed by the calibre of the scientists attached to the IPCC – least of all its then-head Rajendra Pachauri “who turned out to be somewhat corrupt.”

“There is global warming. But the stupid bloody academics screwed it up,” he says now – meaning that they got their sums wrong and exaggerated the speed with which the planet is warming.

A bigger worry, he says, are the wrong-headed policies being introduced supposedly to combat “climate change.”

He particularly loathes wind turbines because they are expensive, inefficient and environmentally damaging. The only reason they are being built, he says, is because “there is so much money in renewable energy. I’m sure there’s giant corruption going on.”

The solution, he argues, is nuclear power which has had a terrible press because of green propaganda most likely funded by fossil fuel industries. Nuclear’s health risks have been exaggerated by credulous greens who say “there’s no amount of radiation that can’t give you cancer.”

Anglican bishops, living down to expectations, hijack Holy Week to denounce global warming

From here:

We, a group of Anglican Bishops from dioceses across our global Communion greet our sisters and brothers in Christ throughout the Anglican Communion on this most Holy Day, Good Friday. On this day, when our Saviour poured out his very life for the world, we share the following statement in a spirit of sacrificial and reconciling love.

“The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own, Father, forgive. The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth, Father, forgive.”

At this time of unprecedented climate crisis, we call all our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion to join us in prayer and in pastoral, priestly and prophetic action.

This bit is interesting (my emphasis):

We believe that the problem is spiritual as well as economic, scientific and political, because the roadblock to effective action relates to basic existential issues of how human life is framed and valued: including the competing moral claims of present and future generations, human versus non-human interests, and how the lifestyle of wealthy countries is to be balanced against the basic needs of the developing world.

Setting non-human interests above or equal to human interests is typical of the green movement. Animal life, plant life and the earth itself are valued above mankind. Since the villain is fossil fuels and since fossil fuels are largely responsible for most of the benefits of civilisation enjoyed by those, including the bishops, in developed and developing countries, I am convinced that at its root, this is a death-wish neurosis, a lemming-like suicide impulse, the ultimate sacrifice to a Gaia god. In other words, Western Anglicanism at its worst. 

 Canada was represented at these neo-druid deliberations by Earth Mother Bishop Jane Alexander and Smudging Bishop Mark MacDonald.

Bishops worldwide pray and fast for the climate

Just as shamans used to prance around to induce rain, so the modern equivalent – Anglican Bishops – are fasting to induce cooling. Even granting the truth of anthropogenic global warming, since China’s production of one new coal-fired power plant per week is unlikely to be slowed by a few fasting bishops – many of whom are secret admirers of the socialist paradise – I am confident that the new shamans will be as effective as their progenitors.

From here:

The Bishop of Salisbury is praying and fasting today, and on the first day of every month, for a meaningful and fair agreement at next year’s UN climate talks.

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“Christians in this country have been encouraged to join in by Operation Noah. At this time next year, negotiators from around the world will gather for another round of UN climate talks in Paris, at which it is vital to make progress. That’s why I’m asking people to join in praying and fasting about climate change.”

Anglicans want bishops to become weathermen

A survey response from 120 Anglicans demands that their bishops “become fluent with the science of climate change”; this, they said will be “prophetic”. That is a good point. Anglican bishops have had years of valuable experience: the only thing less reliable than weather forecasts are prophecies from Anglican bishops.

From here:

“What sort of leadership in response to global climate change would you hope to receive from a group of Anglican bishops and archbishops?”

This question garnered over 120 responses from Anglicans Communion-wide when posed early in July by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN).

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So what do respondents name as priorities? They certainly want the bishops to be bold, vocal and to speak with a sense of urgency. The word “prophetic” appears again and again. Otherwise the bishops should be “visionary, courageous, strong, uncompromising, wise, discerning, proactive and humble.”

To whom should they speak? Both to the Church but also to civil society, governments, industry and policy makers. Many respondents cited visible and consistent dialogue with other Churches and like-minded organisations as essential.

Respondents want bishops to do their homework and become fluent with the science of climate change and work very much in public with national and international bodies. One respondent urged the bishops to “use the bully pulpit to galvanize folks in the pew and others to realise this is a real disaster in the making.” Others want bishops to join marches and go public with their personal commitments. Many want the bishops, all bishops, clergy and lay leaders to live in a different and noticeable way.

In an era of horrifying and grotesque Christian persecution, it’s comforting to see Anglicans concentrating on what is really important.

Anglican Province divests from fossil fuels

From here:

This province has become the first in the Anglican Communion to pledge to divest from fossil fuels.

This afternoon synod passed a resolution that requires the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia “to take all reasonable steps” to divest its shares in fossil fuel companies by its next Synod, in mid 2016.

That must mean that all the delegates will be walking to the 2016 Synod. Otherwise they would be a bunch of hypocrites – and that couldn’t be, surely.

Anglican climate bishops

Faster than a speeding mark of mission, more powerful than Al Gore, able to leap foul smoke stacks in a single bound – he’s Eco-Bishop.

From here:

Anglican Communion’s Eco-bishops’ intiative [sic] begins to take shape.

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba has invited 20 bishops from around the Anglican Communion to join him in a process of discussion and discernment concerning the Communion’s witness and mission in the face of climate change and environmental degradation.

“I have asked a number of sister and brother bishops in dioceses already experiencing the impacts of climate change to join me in a process of dialogue”, said Archbishop Makgoba.

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The invitation is to participate in a process of dialogue leading to, and following on, a face-to-face meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, in February 2015.

The bishops will, of course, be flying, not walking, to their Cape Town meeting.

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Founding member of Greenpeace says global warming is not manmade.

Sorry, I meant to say “climate change”. I didn’t intend to be politically incorrect; really, I didn’t.

This is very bad news: now I will have to abandoned my Lenten carbon fast and find something serious to give up instead.

From here:

There is no scientific proof of man-made global warming and a hotter earth would be ‘beneficial for humans and the majority of other species’, according to a founding member of environmental campaign group Greenpeace.

The assertion was made by Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, a member of Greenpeace from 1971 to 1986, to U.S senators on Tuesday.

He told The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: ‘There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists.’

Moore pointed out that there was an Ice Age 450million years ago when CO2 was 10 times higher.

The philosophy of global warming

While philosophy can be fun for those with nothing better to do, I’m moderately certain that philosophers have never been able to convince anyone of anything. Most people instinctively know this to be true, so it is a measure of their abject desperation that global warming scientists are bringing in a philosopher to convince us to “care” about global warming.

Just like the poor, true believers will always be with us but, as far as I am concerned, just thinking about a moral philosopher urging me to curtail my carbon dioxide effusions makes my caring index wither.

From here:

Scientists have had only limited success persuading us to care about climate change so perhaps it is time to call in the philosophers.

That appears to be the approach of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has engaged a philosopher to help to produce its forthcoming report on how to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.