The Greens, Religion, and Science

In December of 1966, Lynn White, Jr. (1907-1987) delivered a controversial speech in Washington, D.C. entitled "The historical roots of our ecological crisis."  White charged that Christianity "bears a huge burden of guilt" in helping to foster the present-day "out of control" degradation of the environment.  White singled out Western Christianity as being primarily responsible for the wedding between science and technology that has left a devastating ecological scar on the modern landscape. Modern science was solidly built upon a Judeo-Christian theological foundation, with Catholic Scholastic monks leading the way at first, after which the Lutherans took over.  Both Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) and Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) were Lutherans.  It must also be remembered that Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo (1564-1642) challenged the semi-pantheistic Aristotelian view of the universe, not the biblical one, something which is almost always completely...(Read Full Article)