Religion falling, religion rising


A recent study shows that Americans are less self-identified with religion than ever before.  Still, the impulse yet lives…

There is a worldwide secular religion which we may call environmentalism, holding that we are stewards of the earth, that despoiling the planet with waste products of our luxurious living is a sin, and that the path of righteousness is to live as frugally as possible. The ethics of environmentalism are being taught to children in kindergartens, schools, and colleges all over the world.

Bill McKibben, with his anguished cry of loss for our pre-lapsarian existence, The End of Nature, comes to mind.

As Freeman Dyson points out in the review of a book about global warming from which this excerpt is taken, this is not a bad thing in many ways.  But it is not science.  He has more to say about the actual science of global warming here:  Heretical Thoughts.


2 Responses to Religion falling, religion rising

  1. troutsky says:

    He is a little too proud of his crankiness. Upset because scientists “don’t put on winter clothes”. He knew his professors theory was “right” because he was a fellow heretic. I can see why he feels marginalized, he fully deserves it.

  2. lichanos says:

    Dyson is no light-weight. Yes, he’s a bit “cranky” in the “Heretic” piece, but that’s a personal blog/site of his. Read what he says in the review from the NYRB. Same opinions, but a less free-wheeling tone. And he is unfailingly generous, I think.

    Also, I don’t think he is marginalized at all! He’s a great man in the contemporary scientific world. He just happens to be a dissenter on this issue.

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