Wednesday, 18 March 2020

The gospel according to St Greta?

In a comment on a previous post, Lola opined "The whole thing has more in common with the selling of Indulgences and the Mediaeval Catholic church than anything else.", which got me thinking and I realised, Warmenism is a religion.

We have a need to believe in stuff, hence the enduring popularity of religion. Now that so many people no longer believe in God/s there is a niche waiting to be filled by a belief system. Any candidate must have (Christianity in brackets):

1. Good guys (angels) and bad guys (devils)

2. A process whereby you, too can contribute, however small and powerless you may be (prayer)

3. A canon of righteous texts (the bible)

4. A cadre of the wise to whose authority you can appeal and whose pronouncements you can rely on (priests)

5. Special terms of obbrobrium for non-believers (heathen, heretics)

6. A sense that we few know the truth and are bound to convert those who think otherwise (preaching the Gospel)

7. A sense that the truth is of vital importance to mankind (the promise of eternal life).

8. The threat of uncomfortable things to come if you don't believe and act rightly (Hell and damnation)

I think that is 8/8 for Warmenism. Good thing they haven't yet got to No 9, the duty to kill all those who insist on trying to persuade people that the belief is wrong.

It may yet come to that....


benj said...

Are there saints of global warming that get Gretafication?

Mark Wadsworth said...

St Greta taps into this by playing the martyr.

"Look at me suffering, crossing the Atlantic by boat to help you all get to Heaven (carbon free world)"

Lola said...

St Greta = Joan of Arc

Lola said...

That's roughly where I'd got to.

The 10th rule for the 'anointed' is 'how do we gain power and wealth from this?' . Among other techniques they use useful idiots like St Greta to prosthelyse.

It's ALL about power and control. The medieval R C church was (and to a large extent still is) the mega-corporation of its day. Why do you think Henry 8 went after them? For the money. And where did the bulk of that money come from, 1 ,2 ,3...after me "LAND RENTS!"

Sobers said...

As it says in the Bible 'faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen', which rather sums up Warmism too.

Mark Wadsworth said...

In olden times, they believed all sorts of crap, like you can prevent earthquakes by human sacrifice.

Nowadays, you are supposed to believe you can influence the weather by minor acts of penance like taking the bus instead of driving (which is a huge improvement on human sacrifice, to be fair).

Mark Wadsworth said...

I've just realised I gave an example of item 2.

Physiocrat said...

Most religions don't do the missionary thing. To be a Hindu you have to be an Indian. Shintoism is for the Japanese. Judaism is for Jews. YOu cannot join as an outsider. Christianity as an aggressive missionary religion began as a Roman Catholic thing and Protestants took it on; after all, it is good business. Traditional Christianity spreads itself on the 'come and see' principle. You could go to a traditional Orthodox Christian church for years and not even be asked if you were interested in joining.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Ph, true, but Alarmism is a European/Western religion, so is modelled on the European/Western version of Christianity.

Bayard said...

"Look at me suffering, crossing the Atlantic by boat to help you all get to Heaven (carbon free world)"

If St Greta had the slightest sense of irony and proportion, she would have crossed the Atlantic in a boat like "Jolie Brise", a 1901 pilot cutter, built from wood, which has long since paid off it's carbon debt (to the extent that there is such a thing) by working hard for the good folk of Le Havre, not something made from the latest hi-tech materials at God knows what expenditure of energy.

Bayard said...

"St Greta = Joan of Arc"

That ended well for Joan, didn't it?

Mark Wadsworth said...

B, some cynics did the numbers and it took an insane amount of raw materials and energy to build that boat. And the crew flew back by plane anyway, just as icing on the cake

Bayard said...

Rule no 11: Hypocrisy, do as I say, not do as I do (rich bishops).

Yup, another point of congruity for Warmenism