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Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. It was Michael Crichton who first prominently identified environmentalism as a religion. That was in a speech in 2003, but the world has moved on apace since then and adherents of the creed now have a firm grip on the world at large. Global Warming has become the core belief in a new eco-theology. It is closely related to other modern belief systems, such as political correctness, chemophobia and various other forms of scaremongering, but it represents the vanguard in the assault on scientific man.
The climate is always changing, so they must be right. This was in Britain, which was the cradle of the new belief and was a response to the derision resulting from the searing summer of 1976. Faith is a belief held without evidence. The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. Huxley was one of a long tradition of British sceptical philosophers. It is one of the great ironies of modern history that the nation that was the cradle of the scientific method came to lead the process of its abandonment.
The great difference, then, is that religion demands belief, while science requires disbelief. The Royal Society, as a major part of the flowering of the tradition, was founded on the basis of scepticism. The global warmers like to use the name of science, but they do not like its methods. They were not, however, always so wise. In 1900, for example, the great Lord Kelvin famously stated, «There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.