September 30, 2014

The False Promise of Green Energy [VIDEO]

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Economist Andrew Morris on Patriarch Bartholomew's ideas on sustainable energy: "[H]e's asking the wrong questions." Source: Acton Institute Power Blog | HT: Koinonia For PowerBlog readers, we’re posting the video from Andrew Morriss’ April 26 Acton Lecture Series talk in Grand Rapids, Mich., on “The False Promise of Green Energy.” Here’s the lecture description: “Green energy … [Read more...]

Fr. Michael Butler: Orthodoxy and Environmentalism [AUDIO]

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As a companion to the text of His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah's address ("Ascestism and the Consumer Society") at Acton University published here, we're posting the audio from a lecture by the Very Rev. Michael Butler on Orthodoxy and Environmentalism. We're grateful to the Acton Institute for making this lecture available to AOI. To purchase a copy of Fr. Butler's lecture, or other talks from AU … [Read more...]

Bartholomew I: “Peace is a Matter of Choice”

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This is sure to warm the heart of religious liberals who are always on prowl looking for new ways to establish their righteousness. Global warming is disintegrating like the Death Star penetrated by Luke Skywalker's missile and another cause has to be found quick. Maybe they can dust off the 'peacemaker' jargon. It has a relatively short shelf-life (except when conservatives are in power) but the … [Read more...]

Humility, Prudence, and Earth Day

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Source: Acton Institute | John Couretas At a World Council of Churches conference last year on the French-Swiss border, much was made of the “likelihood of mass population displacement” driven by climate change and the mass migration of people fleeing zones inundated by rising seas. While the WCC acknowledged that “there are no solid estimates” about the likely numbers … [Read more...]

How Do We Comprehend Natural Disasters Like Earthquakes and Tsunamis?

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This essay below that Fr. David Hudson sent along is timely. I have a small parish now which means that after the Divine Liturgy we always have a discussion about any topic that people want to talk about. Today we had the question: How do we make sense of the tsunami in Japan? It wasn't the sermon and after the necessary caveats ("I am a priest, not a theologian," "this is my opinion" and so … [Read more...]

John Couretas. Greek Patriarch: No Nukes

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With the terrible human toll from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami catastrophe only now being comprehended, and the grave follow on crisis at the country’s nuclear power plants unfolding by the hour, the anti-nuclear power crowd has already begun issuing statements such as the one Greenpeace put out saying that “nuclear power cannot ever be safe.” Predictably, reports … [Read more...]

Bartholomew I to Japan and the World: Enough Nuclear Energy

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Source: Asia News | NAT da Polis Istanbul (AsiaNews) - A vibrant and heartfelt appeal to States to abandon the use of nuclear energy: this is the message sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Japanese people to express the solidarity of the Orthodox world. The message was sent on the first Sunday of Lent, also called the Sunday of Orthodoxy, on the anniversary of the restoration … [Read more...]

IOCC Stands Ready to Offer Aid Following Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

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Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has assembled its emergency response personnel to assess the humanitarian needs and possible response to a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan on March 11. Initial reports indicate that hundreds of people perished in a powerful tsunami and that the quake caused damage with … [Read more...]

Patriarch Calls on World to Reject Nuclear Power

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Source: H KAΘHMEPINH Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios has called on the world to reject nuclear energy, following the problems Japan has suffered with its reactors in the wake of Friday’s earthquake. Vartholomaios, who has long campaigned for greater environmental awareness, said the world should turn to renewable energy sources. “We propose the use of green forms of energy, which … [Read more...]

Globe and Mail: Can environmentalism be saved from itself?

The Globe and Mail published in Toronto, Canada on the intellectual bankruptcy of the Global Warming movement and how a handful of ideological activists have nearly buried responsible concern for the environment. Highlight: Copenhagen was not a political breakdown. It was an intellectual breakdown so astonishing that future generations will marvel at our blind credulity. Copenhagen was a … [Read more...]

Enviromentalism as Religion: Doesn’t the EP get it?

Do you want to understand why the Ecumenical Patriarch's coddling of environmentalism is not only wrong-headed but dangerous? First read Environmentalism as Religion in the New Atlantis magazine. Then recall that His All Holiness threw the full moral weight of his office behind of the Geneva Protocols, a crown jewel of environmental activism, during the Mississippi River Boat cruise last year. … [Read more...]

Religion and the Environment: The Link Between Survival and Salvation

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I want our leadership to provide thoughtful analysis on cultural issues but too often we get the thin gruel of popular piety dressed up in Church-speak. Take this latest missive from Constantinople on the environment for example. Where to begin? There is no reflection about the falsification of data by global warming apologists, no awareness that the movement has been largely discredited. Then, … [Read more...]