“The Christian… imagines the better future of the human species… in the image of heavenly joy… We, on the other hand, will have this heaven on earth.” — Moses Hess, 19th century communist and mentor to Karl Marx.
It wasn’t too long ago that a co-blogger of mine suggested that the new environmentalism, especially what some might call the hysteria over climate change, was the new paganism. This accusation has been made frequently of the secular environmental movement. But this environmental movement is only one branch of what I am absolutely convinced is not only a “new paganism”, but a new religion of man. In previous posts I also wrote of a new religion centered around identity politics, and this too is but another branch.
Some of you may be familiar with “The Earth Charter.” Now, it isn’t necessarily that I believe everything on this list is an unworthy goal. But it deeply reflects a mindset and a world view in which God has been completely removed from the core, and is instead either regulated to the periphery or is entirely absent. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, we at least had reference to a Creator, and his other writings made clear that the rights and liberties of the people were essentially worthless if they did not believe that they had come from God, and that their violation would incur his wrath.
In the 21st century, the “Earth Charter”, which has been financed and supported by powerful global institutions (more on that below), makes absolutely no reference to a creator. It is, for all intents and purposes, not only a secular but an atheistic document. Of course it insists that “discrimination”, including religious discrimination, be eliminated. It even insists on the preservation of the “spirituality” of indigenous peoples. But even Lenin and the Bolsheviks were able to mouth phrases about tolerating religion, even enshrining it as law, while in reality suppressing it with violence and ensuring that anyone suspected of religious sympathies never rose in society. If today’s international secularists are not as overtly hostile to religion as Bolshevism was, it is only insofar as religion sufficiently prostrates itself before the order they wish to establish.
The extent to which the drafters and supporters of this document believe they have it within their power to create and Earthly paradise without God is manifested, in an obscene and direct way, in the so-called “Ark of Hope.” In what is apparently a re-creation of the Ark of the Covenant of the Old Testament, this false ark was created to house the Earth Charter, as well as something called “The Temenos Books” – in order to establish a “tenemos”, which the website defines as “a magical sacred circle where special rules apply and extraordinary events inevitably occur”. While the website only claims that the “ark” is a creation of a handful of people, I find it hard to believe that it was not commissioned by someone who had something to do with the drafting of the Earth Charter itself. Either way, those people have accepted the charade, and a few other documents have been added to it since its inception. (Also see the Georgia Guidestones)
The original Ark was constructed under very specific instructions from God. Within the Ark was contained the Law that he passed down to the Israelites. The new “ark” has been constructed to hold a charter, and other documents, that have been crafted by man, for man. In many cases, they are that are either indifferent to, or supportive of, grave violations of that very law – such as abortion (under the guise of “reproductive health”).
The mentality behind this project is amazing. It is an open declaration of independence from God, of the total replacement of God by man, of his laws by man’s laws, of his power by man’s power. To call this “pagan” would not even be accurate, since the pagans worshiped what they believed were spirits or deities in their own right. This is the elevation and veneration of humanity to the highest position in the known universe. It is the most perverse form of idolatry, which, in case some Catholics have forgotten, is still a sin.
In my view it must be utterly rejected and opposed by all Christians, regardless of whatever points of agreement might exist on individual proposals within the Charter. Christianity in general, and the social teaching of the Church in particualr, already contains all that is good within the Charter, and rejects that which is misguided and evil (most of which is not in the Charter itself, but in plenty of of other documents).
Let me stress that the Earth Charter is a document that has been created, ratified, and promoted by most of the major players at the United Nations, that the idea has played a major role in international conferences dating back to 1987, that figures such as Maurice Strong, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Steven C. Rockefeller, among many others, are members of the commission.
It is simply not credible to dismiss what is openly claimed and embraced as a “conspiracy theory.” It is time that this phrase be driven from the discussion over whether or not there is a movement to establish an atheistic international political order. That it is taking place, that powerful international interests support it, and that it is a total rejection of God, and in His place, an elevation and veneration of humanity, are facts that are no longer up for debate. And if one can accept the existence of Satan without being laughed at by “progressives”, one can see in this new order the same act of rebellion that the Prince of Lies has dangled before man since his very inception.
Of course I know there are many people – including nominal Catholics – who smirk and smile at these things, or worse yet, grow indignant in their defense of them. We are supposed to think either that this is “no big deal”, or that it is even a positive development. But if one wishes to argue that this is in any way compatible with Catholicism, even with post-conciliar Catholicism, they are completely mistaken. Given our recent discussions on liberation theology, it is also worth pointing out that liberation theologian Leonardo Boff is tied up with this movement.
There is absolutely no doubt that the aim of this movement is the establishment of a secular utopia, and not the Kingdom of God. Those Catholics who attempt to argue that Pope Benedict supports anything resembling the Earth Charter are falsifying his position and leading Catholics into a spiritual sinkhole. In Caritas in Veritate, Benedict wrote the following:
Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is. In the face of the enormous problems surrounding the development of peoples, which almost make us yield to discouragement, we find solace in the sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, who teaches us: “Apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5) and then encourages us: “I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20)…
[I]deological rejection of God and an atheism of indifference, oblivious to the Creator and at risk of becoming equally oblivious to human values, constitute some of the chief obstacles to development today. A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism.
That is only the summary of the Pope’s teaching. An exhaustive review would simply bear out in more detail the follies of secular globalism and environmentalism. When certain Catholics attempt to reconcile this view with that of the Church, they are only stating what they wish the Church would teach – not what it has taught, what it does teach, or in my view, ever will teach. What is proposed by these two distinct institutions are two mutually exclusive, irreconcilable views of the world. Theologian Dietrich von Hildebrand was more severe than the Pope, but his words bear repeating as well:
Indeed, a world in which there were no more poverty, no more wars, and even no more disease – a world without physical and psychic suffering – would have no right to exist even for a moment and would be worthy of sinking into nothingness if no one in it bowed his knee before Christ, if no one worshiped God. (The Devastated Vineyard, 134, emphasis in the original)
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