I know I was a little preachy on the last posting, but I wanted to lay a foundation of examples showing that not much has changed since organized religion became “organized.” Ockhams Razor recently broadcasted a radio show that provides a testimony to an increasingly popular belief that the human condition requires a religion. The show was a two-part broadcast regarding what is wrong with the global warming arguments. After part one Professor Don Aitkin received responses.
“Some of these critiques had an almost religious tone to them, as though I was challenging fundamental spiritual beliefs.” (Aitkin)
“If it is true that human societies always need a religion, then in secular Australia one of the new ones is environmentalism.” (Aitkin)
Is there substance to the belief that humans needs a religion. How did this concept land in a talk on global warming if it is not popularly held? I don’t believe the critical responses to Don Aitkin include furor over this comment on environmentalism and religion. If we need a religion, as part of our human programming, then that might explain why every society is not currently secular. New religions are growing in places where people don’t really think in religious terms. They might not use the language of religion, but you can’t deny environmentalism fits the religion mold. You can probably spout the orthodox doctrine of environmentalism from the top of your head.
Now let us think about how the old established religions are stagnant and losing the interest of the general population. Vatican II made a huge shift in Roman Catholic religious practice, and still it will not be enough to keep the numbers in the pews from dwindling. The old ways are going away, and the new religions are still developing. I am not an environmentalist, so I will not be shifting my belief in that direction. As the old monolithic hierarchies we call religions today go the way of Zeus and Hera, what will rise to replace them? Environmentalism? Perhaps, but there is still a hierarchy and an orthodox set of beliefs in environmentalism. If you raise a question about the environmental doctrine you get shouted down. That is why people are calling environmentalism a new religion, because they look and act like every other religion we see. Is that what you want from a religion? Good luck, because as we discuss further you will see that you don’t need some religious leader or a hierarchy. When somebody tries to impose that model on you…run.