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Deliver us from this eco-religious twaddle


IF HE were alive today, what would Brave New World visionary Aldous Huxley have made of the sight of a former Archbishop of Canterbury parading up Parliament Hill in a ‘climate repentance ceremony’?

Baron (Rowan) Williams of Oystermouth, whom Tony Blair elevated to Canterbury in 2002, took part in the multi-faith ceremony on the fringe of Hampstead last Sunday. Faith leaders asked forgiveness for climate sins, and called for humility and action from world leaders as they sought to address climate change during COP27, which has just ended.

Christian Today reported that participants in the ‘penitential march’ carried scrolls inscribed with ‘Ten Principles for Climate Repentance’. 

Lord Williams intoned: ‘Humans have caused untold harm to our precious planet. Climate repentance means all of us holding up our hands to climate sins, something that is all too often missing from these conversations. Only when we deeply acknowledge the past and the present can we make the courageous changes necessary for a future of climate justice. The Ten Principles set out the path for that future.’

With his deep biblical knowledge, though not a Christian himself, Huxley would have realised that a new eco-religion hijacking Christian language and concepts had come on to the scene in 21st century Britain. Apart from stealing the Christian concept of ‘repentance’, it has even aped the Ten Commandments.

The ‘climate repentance’ called for by this religion seems more akin to the worship of Gaia, the Greek goddess of the Earth, than to Christianity. True Christian repentance involves penitent believers, in dependence on God’s grace in Jesus Christ, determining to turn away from attitudes and behaviours the Bible clearly teaches are wrong, particularly in the Ten Commandments. Christ showed how God’s commands applied at the motivational level in his Sermon on the Mount, inviting his disciples to pursue personal righteousness and repentance as opposed to an outward show of religiosity.

Where in the Bible is there a clear definition of the ‘climate sins’ from which ‘we’ should repent? Who is the ‘we’ here? Humanity in general? Or particularly those human beings living in industrialised nations? According to the dogma of the eco-religionists, ‘we’ would seem to be the latter.

Greed is clearly wrong according to the Scriptures, and where human greed has damaged God’s creation in specific ways, that is a sin against the Creator and those of his creatures affected. But in what ways are millions of ordinary British people paying soaring bills to heat their modest homes (certainly compared with a Church of England episcopal residence) guilty of greed?

In his 1946 foreword to Brave New World 14 years after it was first published, Huxley wrote: ‘The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is the truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects, by lowering what Mr Churchill calls an “iron curtain” between the masses and such facts or arguments as the local political bosses regard as undesirable, totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have done by the most eloquent denunciations, the most compelling of logical rebuttals.’

Huxley, whose ungodly dystopia had its own Arch-Community-Songster of Canterbury, could have been predicting the strategy of the propagandists of the Leftist eco-religion. They tend to be rather vague on the facts that Britain produces only around 1 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions and that no amount of climate change disaster-mongering is going to persuade China and India to reverse their industrial revolutions. But it would seem that ‘we’ are guilty of ‘climate sins’ because ‘we’ live in a country that had an industrial revolution.

How different this oppressive eco-religion is from the faith of Jesus, who said: ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light’ (Matthew 11v28-30 – King James Version).

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Julian Mann
Julian Mann
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist based in Heysham, Lancashire.

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