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Thursday, March 30, 2006

The New Paganism

There is a new Paganism taking root around the world and it manifests itself as environmentalism or more explicitly, Pantheism, a doctrine identifying the Deity with the universe and its phenomena, Fundamentalist Environmentalism, if you will.

Pantheism is a metaphysical and religious position, it is the view that "God is everything and everything is God, the world is either identical with God or in some way a self-expression of his nature” Similarly, it is the view that everything that exists constitutes a "unity" and this all-inclusive unity is in some sense divine.

Dr. Michael S. Coffman President of Environmental Perspectives said: “Diametrically opposite to Christianity, Judaism and Islam pantheistic beliefs make no allowance for a one true God who created all things of nature. Instead, pantheism holds that all earth and all of nature is god, comprised of many gods and goddesses, all of whom demand total worship and obedience from every human. Failure to do so will evoke the wrath of these gods. Over the past 30 years, these pantheistic beliefs have gradually dominated the environmental policies of both the United States and the United Nations. And, they are interwoven into every environmental international treaty, especially the Convention on Biological Diversity.” Full Story

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Blogger shanti said...

Oh, that more were considerate of nature rather than what seems most pervasive ~ a general lack of regard for the ramifications of personal and conspicuous actions towards her, or the ruthless but mindless lack of consideration thereof. Consider those peoples who live most harmonious with nature do regard her as symbionic at least ~ deity at most. I suppose it could be worse... there could be a pervasive ideology that nature is wild, and needs be brought into subjection, or even that as a race we humans have nature as our personal gift for us to rule over and tend to so that ultimately nature will be better for our administration of her resources. Ok...the downside of any idea is that it goes to extreme without regard to reality, but tends to subject reality to a set of edicts. So..I suppose once again devotion to nature could be just as much a rut as a comprehensive disregard, but I think loving that which sustains you would be a nice change from the present consumerism of natures' resources. In a world filled vastly to the brim with advertising addages like "Got Milk?" ~ how about: Got Water? Got Usable Soil? Got Air? Got Food? might become more appropriate, and unfortunately apparent in the more than near future. Wake-up... the earth is wanning.

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