This may be a tongue-in-cheek post, but the point is worth probing I think.
Some atheists have a tendency to refer to God as the sky fairy. Why I don’t know, because it hardly makes for a constructive debate. However, there may be a touch of jealousy behind the jibe because many atheists have a sky fairy of their own. They call her climate – or maybe that should be Climate? So what is the Climate sky fairy all about?
- She has her clerics in the guise of climate scientists.
- She has her synods such as COP17.
- She has her theology in the guise of climate science.
- She has her holy texts such as IPCC reports.
- She has her apocalyptic predictions.
- She has her threats against the unbeliever.
- She has her lay preachers.
- She has her parables and morality tales.
- She has her sects such as Greenpeace and WWF.
- She has her gurus.
- She has her laws.
- She has her official totems such as wind turbines and the colour green.
- She has her lay totems such as the Toyota Prius and solar panels.
- She has her apostates such as James Lovelock.
- She has her sacrifices such as the poor and elderly.
- She has her acts of atonement – the Toyota Prius again.
- She has her indulgences in carbon offsets.
- She has her tithes such as carbon taxes and solar subsidies.
- She has her TV preachers.
- She has her apologists.
- She has her celebrity worshippers.
- She has her political backers.
- She has her own political parties.
- She has her fingers in big business.
All in all she is a thoroughly modern sky fairy. Climate worship may lack the theological sophistication and moral dimension of our Judeo-Christian traditions, but Climate is a primitive god, her followers raw and unsophisticated in the ways of thinking – especially thinking more than once.
Rational folk should tread carefully, for she is a vengeful god and the ways of reason are not her ways. Green in tooth and claw, we see her power in the swivel-eyed gaze of true believers.