I am late to the party as usual. Authors with a good sense of time are responsible and submit their thoughts for publishing at least a week prior to any given holiday. That is not me; unfortunately, I am more often the last to the show because I don’t really look much at calendars. This invariably means I manage to get T-Boned by low holidays when I wake the morning of. Nonetheless, I have a few reflections on this particular secular feast. For Christians it is one that should, at the minimal, be approached with extreme skepticism.
Of course, I am speaking of Earth Day.
The annual celebration began in 1970 in response to activist John McConnell’s proposition at a UNESCO conference to “honor the earth and the concept of peace.” On its face, this day should not seem out of line with the faith. We worship the Prince of Peace and are vocationally called to be good stewards; so what is the problem? For one, Earth day is not so peaceful when considering a particular theme synonymous with the holiday’s celebration.
The Eugenic Connection to Earth Day
We call it Malthusianism, or more precisely it is the belief that population will outpace the Earth’s resources and result in large scale famines and starvation. The idea ultimately casts man, not as some intrinsically meaningful creation of God, as something akin to a tick or virus. The solution to this panic, an irrational fear which has never come to fruition, though it has been predicted ad infinitum, is eugenic in nature. Basically the global community’s answer to the problem of overpopulation is decreasing it via contraception and abortion, but properly understood this should be an anticipated side effect of the most problematic feature of earth day. It is also one of the more tangible signs of our post-Christian present. When the sacred is replaced with the profane then the gods of old, which were smashed for the God of the Hebrews, will ultimately become re-purposed.
As C.S. Lewis explains in his book Miracles:
Pantheism is in fact the permanent natural bent of the human mind; the permanent ordinary level below which man sometimes sinks, under the influence of priestcraft and superstition, but above which his own unaided efforts can never raise him for very long. Platonism and Judaism, and Christianity (which has incorporated both) have proved the only things capable of resisting it. It is the attitude into which the human mind automatically falls when left to itself. No wonder we find it congenial. If ‘religion’ means simply what man says about God, and not what God does about man, then Pantheism almost is religion. And ‘religion’ in that sense has, in the long run, only one really formidable opponent—namely Christianity.
The Rebirth of Primitive Religiosity
In other words, despite the fever dreams of our friendly neighborhood new atheists, the human mind is incapable of transcending religious belief. Instead, it reverts back to a primitive understanding of pagan gods. This is illustrated well in the creation narrative of the Book of Genesis. It was written polemically to crush the gods which the ancient Hebrews were given to worship. It tells them emphatically that the sun, the stars, the animals, the bodies of water, and the earth itself was brought into existence by the One True God and He alone is entitled to their worship. This account is a civilizational game changer, and it paves the way towards properly ordered worship for the sake of mankind. Thus, to forsake Christianity under the guise of progress is to invite the legion of deities back into households throughout the West.
The rebirth of old gods under new guises can be observed by anyone who pays attention. Whether the subject is Elon Musk and his eccentric views, the scientism of progressive elites, the strange manner in which the masses have a habit of anointing political figures as saviors, or it is incense being annually pinched off to the mother goddess Gaia, popular culture worship is not dying of apathy, but their knees are just bending to the old gods which our ancestors had the righteous comprehension to crush. Earth day, in the proper context, is the sacralization of the profane and it diverts properly ordered worship away from the One True God.
Pagan God’s Crafted in Man’s Image
Being extremely jealous, with particularly human temperaments, the pagan gods require blood sacrifice. This is why Malthusianism is not an incidental of Earth Day, rather a feature. One cannot view the role of our planet properly whilst separating it from the order of creation. You cannot view man as intrinsically worthy of dignity and simultaneously believe he is an existential threat to that which God has given him domain. These two views are incongruent and decidedly so, the one intends to pit man against man, man against woman, man against child, and ultimately man against God. That is why we must take a cue from our ancestors and smash Gaia.
We are called to be stewards of this planet, and we should take that duty seriously, to do so makes us good Christians and in harmony with God’s plan. That is perfectly just. We are not, however, being good Christians by playing along with a holiday which intends to disorder man’s understanding of his place in creation. We are not being good citizens by cooperating with a type of evil which casts humanity as some sort of virus that needs to be contained. The old gods are capricious, vain, bloodthirsty, and exceedingly hostile. They are, in fact, gods in man’s image. To destroy them is to redirect the order of creation to its proper location. This is not a war between the religious and irreligious, but one between a constructive religiosity and a destructive one. It is a conflict between a belief system that affirms the goodness of life and the created order and one which disdains it. It would not only be righteous to refuse our participation in this civil holy day, but just as well it should be ruthlessly mocked.