What does it mean to consider deeply the relationship between faith and the environment? Here we will explore this question and the many different aspects of public policy related to the natural resources of the world around us. As in all things, C.S. Lewis seems a good place to begin:
You must have tasted, however briefly, the pure water from beyond the world before you can be distinctly conscious of the hot, salty tang of Nature’s current. To treat her as God, or as Everything, is to lose the whole pith and pleasure of her. Come out, look back, and then you will see… this astonishing cataract of bears, babies, and bananas: this immoderate deluge of atoms, orchids, oranges, cancers, canaries, fleas, gases, tornadoes, and toads. How could you ever have thought this was the ultimate reality? How could you ever have thought that it was merely a state-set for the moral drama of men and women? She is herself. Offer her neither worship nor contempt. Meet her and know her. If we are immortal, and if she is doomed (as the scientists tell us) to run down and die, we shall miss this half-shy and half flamboyant creature, this ogress, this hoyden, this incorrigible fairy, this dumb witch. But the theologians tell us that she, like ourselves, is to be redeemed. The ‘vanity’ to which she was subjected was her disease, not her essence. She will be cured in character: not tamed (Heaven forbid) nor sterilized. We shall still be able to recognize our old enemy, friend, playfellow and foster-mother, so perfected as to be not less, but more herself. And that will be a merry meeting.
More on the Environment…
When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’ by Jay Richards
Anyone who has studied the history of science knows that scientists are not immune to the non-rational dynamics of the herd. Read the full article
Question & Answer: Energy Independence by Steven F. Hayward
‘Energy independence’ may be a hollow slogan, but ‘energy security’ is something we can achieve. Read the full article
Catastrophe and Survival by George Will
Already 99.9 (and about 58 more 9s) percent of the universe — it is expanding lickety-split — is beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
Into what is it expanding? Hard to say. We can say there is lots of stuff in space: Hold up a penny at arm’s length and you block three galaxies from your field of vision — billions of stars and other things — 350 million light-years away, which is right next door in our wee corner of the universe. Read the full article