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February 9, 2010

Neo Pagan Meets Leftist Utopian

The fall of Christendom continues apace.  Neo-paganism meets Leftist utopianism.

On the fictitious world of Pandora, Avatar director James Cameron unleashed many terrible things: greed, brutality and a bewildering array of savage beasts, not to mention a biotech means of going native that Grey Owl (the Victorian “Indian”) could only dream of.

None of this alarmed the Catholic Church. Rather, it was Pandora’s message of hope and faith in the interconnectedness of life that put the church on high alert.  Vatican Radio chastised the film for presenting nature as “a divinity to worship” and for promoting “all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium.”

Western society is in a dramatic shift away from monotheism, notes Dr. Taylor, professor of religion at the University of Florida. And in many cases, he says, former believers are turning to Mother Earth to fill the spiritual void. He cites findings that large numbers of people in Europe and the United States express “deep trust in nature as inherently spiritual or sacred.”

The trend is obvious on the West Coast.  Only 22 per cent of British Columbians attend a religious institution once a month or more, according to a 2008 poll by sociologist Reginald Bibby, compared with 38 per cent in Ontario.  Instead, spiritual seekers are forming de facto congregations in nature’s cathedrals – mountain valleys and old-growth forests.

Toni Pieroni, a registered clinical counsellor in Vancouver, says she discovered eco-spirituality about 15 years ago after going through a divorce. “It’s become very much part of my [spiritual] practice,” she says. “If I don’t get out and walk by the trees and by the ocean, I start to suffer.”

In eco-spirituality workshops that she leads outside her counselling practice, Ms. Pieroni encourages people to think of the Earth as a sentient being, she says, “and to contemplate that the Earth that they’re walking on is also conscious of them.”

Unlike faiths that promise heaven in the afterlife, eco-spirituality calls upon adherents to treat the biosphere as paradise on earth, he explains. Figures such as Al Gore have called environmental destruction a “spiritual crisis.”  Nevertheless, as Dr. Taylor points out in his book, modern forms of eco-spirituality have the trappings of conventional faiths.

Gaia disciples may not convince the quarter of Americans who, according to a 2009 Gallup poll, dismiss the theory of evolution – or the faiths that consider worship of Mother Earth to be idolatry.  But Dr. Taylor says it’s hard to deny scientific data that explain the processes of nature while also uncovering greater mysteries.  For modern, well-educated people, he insists, “there’s no firmer platform on which to build a world view and spirituality than that which we know damn well for sure.”

More on this peculiar sect of Secular Progressivism, here. And like I said,

Global Warming is a religion:

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