True Green Believers

Theologians have long warned that the belief in man-made global warming has all the characteristics of a fundamentalist, green religion. Now the Methodist Church is to adopt the IPCC report as holy writ proclaiming that “climate change affirms the triune God as creator and redeemer of the universe”. Inspired by that fine Old Testament prophet Al Gore it reels off all the familiar apocalyptic warnings of the catastrophes sinful mankind is bringing on the planet. “What is required of God’s people,” it intones, “is repentance. We must confess our complicity in the sinful structures which have caused the problem”. To avert all these disasters, the Methodist faithful will be required to create a “low-carbon economy” – presumably leaving God to smite the coal-burning Chinese.

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