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Green = Death

From Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion, Not Death, a new book (with a 4 disc DVD companion; look for a review by Jack Downey at The Revealer this week) that professes to expose the culture of death that is the foundation of the green movement:

The strange compulsion to societal suicide is a dogma in the Green movement, moving ever closer to the edge of a cliff. And they want people to step over the cliff to show solidarity with the new organizing principles. This madness is reminiscent of the national suicide of the amaXhosa. Like Mhlakaza, false prophets promise salvation if only we will destroy the means of maintaining our civilization. No more carbon, they say, or the world will end and blessings cease. Rather than scorning the pagan prophets a similar mass hysteria infects many professing Christian churches.  Though the boat still moves forward, the ebb tide of Biblical Christianity is plain. Western Civilization has never known greater prosperity than at the present, but rejection of the Christian foundations of our prosperity is near total in many denominations. Pagans of all stripes now offer their rival views of salvation, all of which lead to death. As it says in Proverbs 8:36, “But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul: all those who hate me love death.”

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Pagan Elitism

From Star Foster’s recent post at Patheos:

To be an intellectual Pagan is to some degree an elistist thing. The communities that do offer support and sometimes resources are often semi-closed and even secretive. To study Paganism requires not merely dedication and time, but money, proper geography and heart. To enter into a Pagan tradition requires more than just being an egghead, you have to have passion, love and a desire for ecstatic mystery.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I don’t know. What it does seem to create is a system by which every generation of Pagans is a first generation. A movement made up of converts who have to fight the same battles for understanding over and over. Someone I spoke to at PSG said that they thought the most amazing development in Paganism were children being raised in our traditions. These children don’t have to wrestle for understanding like we have and are free to move forward in new ways.

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