I probably upset a few Hillsong devotees with my post expressing concern at an article on their website about depression. To show I’m not just picking on Hillsong, I’ll upset a fresh set of people by noting a quite extraordinary comment in a speech that His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney.
Some of the hysteric and extreme claims about global warming are also a symptom of pagan emptiness, of Western fear when confronted by the immense and basically uncontrollable forces of nature. Belief in a benign God who is master of the universe has a steadying psychological effect, although it is no guarantee of Utopia, no guarantee that the continuing climate and geographic changes will be benign.
In the past pagans sacrificed animals and even humans in vain attempts to placate capricious and cruel gods. Today they demand a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
I find it hard to read this as anything other than directly equating people who are calling for carbon dioxide emissions with pagans, and fear about global warming as being due to a lack of belief in one God.
No insult to pagans or paganism, but I don’t see why I and the many others who believe in the need for a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions should be automatically lumped in the pagan camp (or pagans in the global warming camp either for that matter).
The speech predominantly explored Pell’s views on Islam and the Koran, which I will make the topic of a separate post. The full speech is on the website of the Sydney Archdiocese.