For God’s sake!

Posted: October 18, 2015 in Inconsequential blabber
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Since biblical times, I’ve thought that one of the only things that perhaps could tip the balance in favor of the environment would be to have religious people on our side. When you think of it, they are numerous, they are organized and when they have divine directive, they take it rather seriously.

It seems that God, in Its great wisdom, has led the first men to believe that Nature was theirs to do whatever they wanted with, and that the only role of animals on Earth was to be at the disposal of Men, and that Men had to fight and win over Nature and this type of bullshit. Or so they wrote in the Bible. No wonder then that Christians don’t give a damn about the environment. Or at least, not enough to matter.

I don’t know enough of the other mainstream religions, but I doubt they also preach biodiversity and ecosystem conservation as one of their main messages (anyways, I’m not an expert but I reckon the main message of all three major religions is « don’t kill your neighbor » and their followers still seem to be struggling with it, so never mind the « don’t mess up your planet »).

And there I was thinking all this, quite pessimistically, and it seems God heard me and thought « Oh Franck, you may be a bit megalomaniac, but you gave Me a good idea, I’ll talk to some of My representatives ». Because next thing I knew, Pope Francis spoke (and wrote) a very clear and very explicit message about protecting biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and stuff in his Encyclal Letter: Laudato Si’. You can find it here. As explained in a nice analysis here, this makes him a powerful ally for conservation. And God knows we need all the allies we can find.

Its seems that the Dalai Lama also said things that go in this direction (but he also said some very sexist things recently, so he’s not my best buddy anymore; yet, Buddhists should listen to that environment thing), which means that we can expect some other major leaders of some other major religions to express themselves on the same lines, since God just asked them (or reminded them, because, hey, if God wanted to kill the planet, He’d just order a downpour and be done with it). And I’m pretty sure God doesn’t want us to mess up with His creation, even if He spent only 7 days doing it and has been a couch potato ever since. .

So now, if you ever were in doubt about how to spend your zealous energy, making converts, making money, or protecting biodiversity, now you know. God wants you to protect biodiversity. And so do I. He’s on my side. You don’t stand a chance. Obey and pray that our divine wrath is curtate and our clemency all-encompassing.

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  1. Francois Tron says:

    Your understanding of the biblical foundations of “creation care” is obviously superficial & your amalgams surprising for a scientist.
    The question you’d rather ask yourself & your blog readers may be “Have religious people been more engaged & effective in conservation & sustainable development, compared to non-religious people ?”
    It may also then be “What are religions missing to produce more tangible results/outcomes, based on these spiritual foundations ?”

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    • Yes, those are good questions indeed, thanks a lot. And indeed, my understanding of many things related to the Bible is superficial. This said, I do remember learning in catechism that God created the animals for humans to use, with absolutely no conservation (or even empathy) implied.

      Now when I wrote that it is about time that religious people acted in Conservation, I was not talking about individuals that have a religion, but about the official position of the religions themselves, and about actions that would be suggested, encouraged and even led by religions. It seems to me it would make sense.

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