Cross posted from Larvatus Prodeo
Archbishop Pell made a speech to US Catholic business leaders, which is reported in today’s Sydney Morning Herald and can be found in full here. While most of the content was about his opinions on Islam, which I don’t want to go into here, I was struck by this quote:
Some of the hysteric and extreme claims about global warming are also a symptom of pagan emptiness, of Western fear when confronted by the immense and basically uncontrollable forces of nature. Belief in a benign God who is master of the universe has a steadying psychological effect, although it is no guarantee of Utopia, no guarantee that the continuing climate and geographic changes will be benign. In the past pagans sacrificed animals and even humans in vain attempts to placate capricious and cruel gods. Today they demand a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Firstly he seems to be saying that most concerns about global warming are due to a lack of faith in god. I find that the complacency of this attitude seems to be encouraging disturbing, and it should be pointed out that pagans are not the only people calling for a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions!
I’m also wondering if Pell thinks that the pre-christian Jews were pagans. For example this quote from the start of Leviticus. There are many others, but clearly they sacrificed animals.
If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.