Lovelock blasted greens for treating global warming like a religion.
“It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion,” Lovelock observed. “I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use … The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.”
I’ve written about this before on evolution, and it applies here too. The powers that be are going to have to answer a serious question: is this science or a religion you’re setting forth for us to believe? Lovelock, like me, is seeing more and more of the latter, and this other remark of his bears repeating:
Finally, about claims “the science is settled” on global warming: “One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don’t know it.”
That’s the way it is with science. As I noted in my master’s thesis, “This work fits the mould as outlined by Pascal above: it takes the work that has been done before, advances it a step while realizing that there are many more steps before “perfection” is achieved.”
There’s one important difference between the Christianity that Lovelock thinks is being displaced (in the West maybe, not overall) and the environmental religion. Christianity offers a free, unmerited way of relieving guilt by taking away the sin that causes it. The only quick way out of the guilt of environmentalism is mass suicide, otherwise as long as we live and breathe we’re part of the problem and must be guilty.
There is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in union with Christ Jesus; For through your union with Christ Jesus, the Law of the life- giving Spirit has set you free from the Law of Sin and Death. What Law could not do, in so far as our earthly nature weakened its action, God did, by sending his own Son, with a nature resembling our sinful nature, to atone for sin. He condemned sin in that earthly nature, So that the requirements of the Law might be satisfied in us who live now in obedience, not to our earthly nature, but to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)
Guess which one I like better?