Was Jesus really green? The new eco theology

July 14, 2010 10:20

“Where would Jesus drill?” That sounds almost like it could be the opening of a tree hugger’s bad joke, but instead it’s the lead in a recent Associated Press story written by John Flesher about a so-called “Green religion movement.”


Efforts to make environmentalism its own sort of religion have been underway for some time now. But the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has sparked a new push to take what has been traditionally a political phenomenon, the American environmentalist movement, and make it part of the religious spectrum.

The Spill as God’s Message

The “greening of religion” can be found in the most peculiar places. In May, CNN founder Ted Turner offered the most blatant example when he told CNNMoney.com’s Poppy Harlow that the oil spill was a message from God.

“I’m not a real religious person, but I’m somewhat religious,” Turner said in an interview aired May 17. “I’m just wondering if God’s telling us he doesn’t want us to drill offshore, because it is sure setting back offshore drilling.”

And Turner didn’t just stop there – he said the Lord was working to tell us not to use coal as well with a recent rash of mine disasters.


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