Pell traced the cause of the enthusiasm with which the West has embraced the newest doomsday theory to what he called the West’s “pagan emptiness.” “Some of the more hysterical and extreme claims about global warming appear symptomatic of a pagan emptiness, of a Western fear when confronted by the immense and basically uncontrollable forces of nature,” he said, continuing, “Years ago I was struck by the fears that middle-class kids without religion had about nuclear war. It was almost an obsession with a few of them. It’s almost as though people without religion, who don’t belong to any of the great religious traditions, have got to be frightened of something. Perhaps they’re looking for a cause that is almost a substitute for religion.”
You said it, Your Eminence. Everybody has a religion. It’s either about God or its about something else. In our day, it’s the worship of the earth.