Green Religion: Environmentalism Claims to Be Based on Science but Contains All the Aspects of a Religion. since This Religion Has the Backing of the UN, We Shouldn't Ignore It

By Larabell, John T. | The New American, April 17, 2017 | Go to article overview

Green Religion: Environmentalism Claims to Be Based on Science but Contains All the Aspects of a Religion. since This Religion Has the Backing of the UN, We Shouldn't Ignore It


Larabell, John T., The New American


Religion: It's as old as man himself. As humans have inhabited this Earth, there has been evidence of religious beliefs of some fashion or another. While the "enlightened" West has largely become secular and has done away with "religion" in the traditional sense, and has claimed to have embraced secularism, religion is still alive and well in the hip urban centers of North American and European nations.

And what religion is this? This religion is Environmentalism, or what some are calling "Greenism." Its practitioners are sometimes referred to as "Greens." It is a "stealth" religion in the sense that many Greens would not consider themselves religious. But they are.

First, we have to define what we mean by "religion." Truly, Environmentalism is not organized as an official religion with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; it's not a religion in the sense that Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, or Hinduism are religions. But from an anthropological or sociological perspective, it absolutely functions as a "religion-style" belief system. Contrary to what most Greens would say, Environmentalism is not really based on science, but on something much deeper than that. It's more of an emotional commitment to some deeply held, unshakeable beliefs.

Let's look at some of the core beliefs of Greenism and see if they fit the pattern and thought processes of a religious belief system, a new religion that many "enlightened" people have adopted in place of Judeo-Christian religion and culture. We will see if Environmentalism is indeed a religion, containing a god, an "Eden," a priestly class, prophets, sin, redemption, atonement/indulgences, holy books/documents, a church, holy days, official doctrine, orthodoxy, and heresy.

Fundamentals of the Faith

God: Religions need a god or some object of worship. For Environmentalists, the Earth, or Nature, functions as that god. The Earth, sometimes referred to by her Greek goddess name "Gaia," is regarded as a living organism that should be, if not worshipped outright, at least highly revered and cherished. This goes beyond, say, a Judeo-Christian concept of the Earth as a part of creation, something that was made by the God who should be worshipped, and thus should be respected and cared for, but never seen as somehow "divine."

Eden: The concept of "Eden," an unspoiled paradise where sinless humanity lived in harmony with God, is also present in Environmentalism. Since Nature, or Gaia, takes the place of "god" for Greens, Eden would be a state of paradise in which humans lived in harmony with Nature. Just imagine a planet with no man-made C[O.sub.2] emissions because there is no industry. Imagine, also, a world where there is no overpopulation, deforestation, over-hunting, over-fishing, air pollution, water pollution, desertification, habitat destruction, etc. To Greens, this represents a perfect idyllic world, a paradise, an Eden. The concept of "Eden" for Greens is a pre-industrial Earth, where humans tread lightly on the face of Gaia.

Sin: Sin is a concept found in many religions. Sin for Greens is anything that supposedly offends or harms Gaia. This could include industrial carbon emissions, overuse of resources, overpopulation, or owning private property. The whole idea of free-market capitalism, based as it is on a Judeo-Christian worldview, is considered sinful to environmentalists, with its belief that man has dominion over the Earth, and that, while man should be a good steward of God's creation, the Earth's resources are for man's use.

Salvation/Heaven: Traditionally, salvation was seen as a way to escape sin and damnation and achieve heaven or some form of paradise. For environmentalists, this means creating (or, perhaps, re-creating) an earthly paradise or Eden with humanity living in harmony with Nature (whatever that means) and no pollution, and no ugly industry ruining Gaia's complexion. Sustainability is the new salvation. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Green Religion: Environmentalism Claims to Be Based on Science but Contains All the Aspects of a Religion. since This Religion Has the Backing of the UN, We Shouldn't Ignore It
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.