can scarcely be dated before about 1850'
greatest event in human history since the invention of agriculture, and perhaps in nonhuman terrestrial history as well.'
history of our culture..we live in the "post-Christian age." Our thinking and language ceased to be Christian, but to my eye the substance often remains amazingly akin to that of the past.'
of the world's mythologies provide stories of creation, Greco-Roman mythology was
singularly incoherent in this respect.'
impossible in the framework of their cyclical notion of time. In sharp contrast, Christianity inherited from Judaism a concept of time as nonrepetitive and linear & a story of creation'
The Greek saint contemplates; the Western saint acts. *The implications of Christianity for
the conquest of nature would emerge more easily in the Western atmosphere.*'
However, in the Latin West by the early 13th C..'
communication with man and was becoming the effort to understand God's mind by
discovering how his creation operates. The rainbow was no longer simply a symbol of
hope first sent to Noah after the Deluge..'
explained his motivations in religious terms. If Galileo had not been so expert as an amateur theologian he would have got into far less trouble: the professionals resented his
our little globe. Despite Darwin, we are not, in our hearts, part of the natural process. We are superior to nature, contemptuous of it, willing to use it for our slightest whim.'
science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecologic crisis
until we find a new religion, *or rethink our old one*.'
Francis of Assisi. The prime miracle of Saint Francis is the fact that he did not end at the
stake, as many of his left-wing followers did.'
Christian is irrelevant. No new set of basic values has been accepted in our society to
displace those of Christianity. Hence we shall continue to have a worsening ecologic
heretical, sense of the primitive Franciscans for the spiritual autonomy of all parts of
nature may point a direction.
I propose Francis of Assisi as a patron saint for ecologists.'