Sadly, we lost a great mind several years ago when Michael Chrichton left us. Aside from great books like Jurassic Park, Congo and Sphere … aside from ER, the greatest medical drama ever to grace our TV sets … he gave us something most interesting. He gave us the theory of Environmentalism as a religion.
In a very provocative speech before the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, he drew a parallel between Judeo-Christian belief and environmentalism. Consider his explanation:
“There's an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there's a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.” (Read the whole article at http://www.michaelcrichton.net/speech-environmentalismaseligion.html)
Environmentalism … the religion of choice for 21st century urban atheists. Scary, huh?