Aug 03 2008

Gaia, God, and the Environment

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Our next meeting on 8 August will look at Gaia theory and ask about its relevance to the environmental crisis and to religion. James Lovelock proposed the hypothesis that the earth and the biosphere function like a superorganism, regulating things so that they are favourable for life. He said that Gaia had both a scientific and a religious side.

Some questions for discussion:

  • Is Gaia sound science?
  • Is the earth goddess Gaia compatible with a heavenly divine Father? Can Gaia help with the ‘greening of Christianity’ or is it an incompatible alternative?
  • Should we put our trust in a technological fix for environmental problems, or do we need a change in our attitude to earth?

I’m looking forward to a lively discussion that will be a good warm-up for our national conference.

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