Michael Crighton

June 19, 2008

Environmentalism as a religion

Way back in 2003 Michael explains why religious approaches to the environment are inappropriate and cause damage to the natural world they intend to protect.

The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda.

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.

I studied anthropology in college, and one of the things I learned was that certain human social structures always reappear. They can’t be eliminated from society. One of those structures is religion.

Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.

“Without God, there is no virtue,

because there’s no prompting of the conscience.

Without God, we’re mired in the material,

that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive.

Without God, there is a coarsening of the society.

And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.”

– President Ronald Reagan

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