NOTE: This is an excerpt from Byron Kennard’s just published book written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970:YOU CAN’T FOOL MOTHER NATURE: The Once and Future Triumph of EnvironmentalismThe book is now available in paperback & ebook at Amazon
Martin Luther begged to differ. The Bible, he argued, is the supreme religious authority, not the Pope. Through the Bible, each individual can find a path to salvation on his or her own. The liberating force of Luther’s ideas on the people of his time can scarcely be imagined. For an eon, they’d been taught that God was off-limits to ordinary mortals.Now they could seek salvation on their own.
- To sum it up, the Protestant Reformation fundamentally altered the view that people had of themselves in relation to the Creator.
- The environmental revolution fundamentally altered the view that people have of themselves in relation to Natural Creation.
For a thousand years (or more), people had been taught that humanity is the crown of natural creation, the highest, grandest expression of divine intent. Creation is a pyramid — so we’ve long been told — with humanity perched on top of everything else.
Then, in 1970, along came Earth Day to promote an idea that totally invalidates the pyramid scheme: ecology. Ecology reveals that natural systems consist of complex, interdependent webs in which all life forms are embedded, including such magnificent specimens as you and me.