Saturday, May 10, 2008

EU invokes God for the salvation of Mother Earth

It is a supreme irony that an institution built on the rock of Roman Catholic social doctrine is sliding toward the shifting sand of secularism, and it is a secularism that is syncretically fused with all manner of ad hoc multi-faith spirituality that there is certain to be something that appeals to everyone

- except the discerning.

The latest Brussels religio-political initiative is concerned with spreading the green gospel for the propagation of an ‘environmentally friendly society’, and so invitations were sent out to the four corners of the earth for religious VIPs to assist in this climate change evangelism. The convened meeting would also usefully promote ‘tolerance between different confessions in Europe’.

They are not that different, though, since the élite consists of 19 men and one woman from European Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations. While the gender imbalance should have alerted the EU’s equalities watchdog, it has to be observed that this was a distinctly Abrahamic gathering, with no Hindus, no Sikhs, and no Buddhists, which is rather strange considering that these are the faiths to whose karmic doctrine the Mother Earth agenda is intrinsic. The Scientologists were also a little peeved to have received no invitation. And the Jedi Knight fraternity are yet to appoint a spokesperson.

The meeting was chaired by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who told a press conference that ‘churches, mosques and temples could all play an important role in identifying and implementing solutions to the challenge of climate change’.

Well, actually, no. Not least because they do not all accept the premise that global warming is scientifically proven, and Pope Benedict himself has had the good sense to refute the assertions and observe the emergence of a pseudo-cult of Mother Earth worship.

But this is not stopping President Barroso, who, speaking of the EU’s religious élite, intones: “Thanks to their moral authority, their outreach and their structure, they are well placed to make a valuable contribution, mobilising our societies for a sustainable future.”

Prime Minister Jansa (of Slovenia), referring to both the Bible and the Qur’an, said: "Earth was created and given to man, and man has to be respectful of what he has been given," and called for what the late Pope John Paul II described as an ‘ecological conversion’.

"The success in the fights against climate change relies to a great extent on changes in our habits, in our philosophies in our world outlook and the consumer society that has created superficial needs - needs that justify consumption."

But the president of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (COMECE) – an exclusively Roman Catholic conference – is ignoring the wise concerns of His Holiness, and has called for the appointment of a ‘High Representative for Future Generations’.

Cranmer would rather they worry about the considerable problems of today and let tomorrow take care of itself.

According the the EUObserver report, some MEPs have in the past questioned the presence of religious figures in strictly political fora in Brussels: ‘The parliament's Party Working Group on the Separation of Religion and Politics in a letter to Hans-Gert Poettering last year wrote: "It is unbecoming for any of the EU institutions to provide an exclusive platform to any particular grouping, including religions, in particular as the majority of European citizens are not religious or no longer practice their religion. Thus millions of individual citizens do not have a voice in the dialogue.”’

Cranmer rather doubts the assertion that ‘the majority of European citizens are not religious’, but it is to be observed that the only exclusive platform which is affirmed by this Working Group is the secular one – and there is nothing remotely alienating or insular about that: it is, of course, supremely neutral, tolerant, and just.

10 Comments:

Blogger The Heresiarch said...

Your grace spoke of the gathering as being exclusively "Abrahamic".

It has often struck me that the word "Abrahamic", like "Peoples of the Book", is a distinctively Islamic conceptualisation that has been accepted with surprisingly little demur by Christians. To state that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all "Abrahamic faiths" is not to make a neutral statement about them, but to focus on one particular genealogical aspect, and to do so in a way that raises false dichotomies between what Blair in a recent speech called "the Abrahamic three" and Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, etc.

There are other ways of dividing up. Until recently, Judaism and Christianity were often taken together as "Judeo-Christian" and contrasted with Islam, Hinduism etc which were treated as "Eastern" faiths. Thus the fatalism that is shared by Eastern religions might be contrasted with the progressive strain that has (at least in recent centuries) characterised European forms of religiosity.

But you could equally well treat Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam as "revealed religions", contrasting them with Hinduism, Shinto, shamanism and other traditional, organic religions. Or you could place Hinduism and Christianity (except the stronger forms of protestantism) together as religions that traditionally placed emphasis on representative art as a mechanism for evoking the sacred, as contrasted with the verbal focus of book-religions such as Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

My point is, Christianity is not necessarily an "Abrahamic" religion at all, and to describe it as such is more a political than a theological statement.

10 May 2008 at 10:45  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Heresiarch,

His Grace is delighted that his statement is more political than theological. It affirms him in his raison d'être.

10 May 2008 at 11:37  
OpenID yokel said...

I don't think that they have invented it yet, but do I discern the early stages in the development of the One World religion that will require swearing an oath of allegiance or similar to the Beast, in exchange for the Mark that will permit the bearer to continue to buy and sell?

I fear that the hour is VERY late.

10 May 2008 at 11:55  
Anonymous Aleksander Kerensky said...

Should the church be concerning itself with worldly, rather than spiritual, matters?

10 May 2008 at 13:16  
Blogger Unsworth said...

And there is no direct linkage between 'worldly' and 'spiritual'?

How so?

10 May 2008 at 19:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was JP2 that started all the rubbish about Abrahamic religions. See below some comments made about him and Islam.


Quote-
'During his Millennium pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a matter of contention of three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism, he brought together the sons of Abraham closer than anyone has imagined doing. He was deeply sorry for the mistakes of the Roman Catholic Church have made against the Jews. His visit to the National Holocaust Memorial evoked memories of the War. He made peace with the Jews. And that made a point of no return with the church’s relationship with the Jews.'
Ideology

'Catholicism

Islam

Believe in One God, Creator of the World


Believe in One God in 3 Layers: The Father (God), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit


Believe in One God, Creator of the Whole World, Owner of the Day of Judgment

Prophets of God


Do not believe in Jesus as Prophet of God. Consider Jesus as actual Son of God. Accept Moses as Prophet. Recently, Vatican accepted Islam as an Abrahamic Religion.


Believe Abraham, Ishmael, Jacob, Noah, Moses, Jesus and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) were all Prophets of Go'

End quotes

10 May 2008 at 20:52  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

Allow me to communicate to you some extracts from "Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future" by Fr. Seraphim Rose:

"The goals of the New-Age include a "convergence of religions" in tandem with a "confluence" of political and economic forces toward World Government. The plan for a New World Order would include a universal credit system, a universal tax, a global police force, and an international authority that would control the worlds food supply and transportation systems."

"All forms of Discrimination would cease, and peoples' allegiance to tribe or nation will be replaced by a planetary conciousness"

"It should be pointed out that many New-Agers today would not be aware of, much less subscribe to, all the point of "The Plan". As we have seen, the movement incorporates a diverse array of groups, ideas and practices. If it can be called a "conspiracy", this is certainly not because all New Agers are working together secretly, o an organizational level, toward fulfilllment of "The Plan". Ultimately, "The Plan" is being orchestrated not on a human but on a demonic level, and the architects of the New Age movement are, to a large degree, only mouthpieces of ideas that are not their own"

"Alice Bailey [a UN ideologue] in the 1940s wrote: "the expressed aims and efforts of the United Nations will be eventually brought to fruition, and a new church of God, gathered out of all religions and spiritual groups, will unitedly bring to an end the great heresy of separateness"

"William Swing, Episcopal Bishop of California and founder/director of the United Religions Initiative, expressed it in his book The Coming United Religions: "The time comes ... when common language and a common purpose for all religions and spiritual movements must be discerned and agreed upon. Merely respecting and understanding other religions is not enough."

On Denatured Christianity: "Although not all globalists share the specifically religious goals, they are certainly united in their view of what kind of religion will not fit into the one-world system they are working to create. Conservative, traditional adherents of a religion, who believe that their religion is a unique fulfilment of the fullness of the truth, will not be welcome in the "global village". As Paul Chaffe, board member of the United religions Initiative, said in 1997: "We can't afford fundamentalists in a world this small." The same view was expressed at the 1998 State of the World Forum, Jim Garrison announced: "If my theology is an impediment, than I have to get rid of my theology."

"Also in 1998, this subject was discussed in some detail by one of the more recent ideologues of the "new religious consciousness," Ken Wilber. A popular author whose works have been praised and avidly studied by both former President Clinton and Al Gore, Wilber outlined the agenda that the world must follow in order to combine science with religion, as well as to establish a "Universal Theology" [Global Warming anyone?] which all religions can embrace without losing their outward differences. "Religions" the world over will have to bracket their mythic beliefs," and he cites as examples Moses parting the Red Sea, Christ born of a virgin etc"

"Wilber than says "only those who embrace the new religious consciousness, or who at least bracket their religious beliefs, will survive in the coming global society, which Wilber says will be marked by a "worldcentric" awareness based in "universal pluralism"."

"Unity in Diversity, destroys diversity. If an adherant to a religion believes that all other religions are equal to his own, he can no longer truly hold to that religion; he can no longer be who he is. He becomes a blank - a blank waiting to be filled with a new revelation. There is only sameness based on blankness. This false "unity in diversity" is precisely what Satan will use in order to hypnotize the mass mind in the last days. And if you have no particular religious belief and give yourself over to some kind of vague idea, then the demons come in and begin to act".

10 May 2008 at 22:14  
Anonymous Cantuar said...

"it has to be observed that this was a distinctly Abrahamic gathering"

Yes, why were the Druids excluded?

10 May 2008 at 23:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The religeous folks seem to be a bit late jumping on the Global Warming bandwaggon.

Temps 1991 to present

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Global_warming#How_can_you_say_.22recent_warming.22_when_the_cooling_trend_is_confirmed.3F

Further, GW enthusiasts tell us that future GW will be 'hidden' for 15 years by the cooling effects of deep sea currents. How very convenient for those who still believe.

13 May 2008 at 12:25  
Anonymous Martin said...

Good Job! :)

11 June 2008 at 09:15  

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