In today’s world, the discourse surrounding climate change has taken on aspects of a fervent belief system that some have compared to a new global religion. This climate change “religion” is characterized by its fervent disciples, its own commandments, and its high priests of science. In this exploration, we’ll delve into the evolution of this belief system, its historical roots, and the comparisons to established religions.
**Malthus and the Birth of Concerns About Overpopulation**
The origins of what some describe as climatism can be traced back to the ideas of Thomas Robert Malthus, an English cleric and scholar from the late 18th century. Malthus was concerned that human population growth could eventually outstrip the earth’s capacity to provide for that population, leading to what he termed a “Malthusian crisis.” This concept laid the groundwork for future discussions about overpopulation and resource scarcity.
**Darwin and the Evolution of Worldviews**
Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution further influenced the evolving worldview. Although not a religious figure, Darwin’s theory challenged traditional religious beliefs about the creation of life. It introduced new perspectives on human existence and our place in the natural world.
**Nietzsche and the “Death of God”**
In the late 19th century, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously proclaimed the “death of God.” His declaration was not a literal rejection of a divine being but a philosophical commentary on the decline of traditional religious and moral values in Western society. This idea of a shifting moral landscape would have lasting impacts on the development of new belief systems.
**Marx and the Critique of Religion**
Karl Marx, in the 19th century, famously described religion as the “opiate of the masses.” He critiqued religion for its role in social control and suggested that it could be used to pacify and control the working class.
**Eugenics, Margaret Sanger, and Controversial Movements**
The 20th century witnessed the rise of eugenics movements, often intertwined with social and political ideologies. Figures like Margaret Sanger and the controversial practices and ideologies of the Nazis exemplify the dark aspects of eugenics and the quest for a “supreme race.”
**C.S. Lewis and the “God-Shaped Hole”**
C.S. Lewis, in the 20th century, proposed the idea of a “God-shaped hole” in the human heart. He suggested that humans have an innate longing for something beyond the physical world, a desire for a transcendent, spiritual reality. This longing can be interpreted in various ways, including a quest for meaning or a search for something greater than ourselves.
**The Birth of “Climatism” and Its Characteristics**
The concept of “climatism” has emerged as a belief system, characterized by fervent followers, commandments (such as environmental responsibility), and “high priests” who claim to hold the secrets of science and knowledge. In many ways, it mirrors some of the elements of established religions.
**Anti-Human Extremism and Its Implications**
The rise of extreme interpretations of the climate change religion has sparked concerns of anti-human sentiment. The belief that humanity is a “cancer upon the planet” has led some to advocate for measures that curtail human population growth or even label large portions of the population as “useless eaters” and “polluters.”
The true crisis is not climate change but, is human psychopathology and the dynamics of belief systems. If you fervently believe humans are a cancer on the planet; a logical extension of this belief system would be to maximize abortions, genital mutilation, gender dysphoria and homosexuality to limit population growth. All of these are en vogue in todays American culture. This should make all adherents to this new mandatory state sponsored religion take pause and reevaluate their belief system.
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