Although Prince Charles did briefly cite from the book of Genesis in the middle of his speech and appealed to Christian apologists G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis toward the end, his lecture was far from a Christian one. Not only did he mix up pantheism with classic Judeo-Christian theism, but also with Islamic monotheism as well. As the future heir of the Head of the Church of England, this may not bode well for the future of Anglicanism. Furthermore, his blending of pantheism with theism is much more an issue of his own wishful thinking than it is something that can be theologically defended with intellectual integrity.
Neither is it a coincidence that original scientists like Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton were all Christian theists. Contrary to popular opinion these days, their brand of science was a continuation of the Genesis mandate, something which Francis Bacon certainly recognized when he coined the phrase, “knowledge is power.” By this, he specifically meant power over nature, something which Prince Charles criticizes throughout his lecture. It must also be remembered that Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo challenged the semi-pantheistic Aristotelian view of the universe, not the biblical one, something which is almost always completely misunderstood and misrepresented with regard to the Copernican revolution. The Catholic scholastics of the Middle Ages gave too much deference to Aristotle, which has unfairly given Christianity a bad reputation in the scientific community. Strangely, it is this pantheistic Greek ‘science’ that Prince Charles wishes to return to when he criticizes modern science for being too mechanistic and too beholden to capitalistic consumerism. What he also completely fails to realize is that science in the hands of progressive socialistic engineers with a government whip has been far more brutal to people than anything free market capitalism has ever tried.
The Genesis mandate was designed by God for Adam and Eve to convert the wilderness into a garden through work, marriage and procreation (Gen 1-2). The garden of Eden was in fact their model or pattern to follow. In Genesis 2, God planted a garden right in front of Adam’s eyes to show him the difference between the wilderness and the garden. The wilderness has thus never been the divine ideal in the Bible, even as far back as Genesis 1. Even ancient Israel after the Exodus from the house of slavery in Egypt continued the Genesis mandate. The Conquest of Joshua was specifically intended to turn the promised land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob into beautiful privately owned farms parceled out to each Hebrew family for the glory of God. This was something that the ‘green’ nature worshipers of Canaan were not doing. In fact, after the Conquest, Israel often found themselves completely seduced by the Canaanite Baal nature worship practices that surrounded them on all sides. The Old Testament time and time again declares that the reason why the divided kingdom of Israel was subjected to its respective captivities into both Assyria (722 BC) and Babylon (606-586 BC) was precisely because of their Baal nature worship (2 Kings 14:28-17:18; Hosea; Jeremiah 19:1-15).
To the surprise of many, Nazism was a green movement in some important, fundamental ways. Its god was a western pantheistic god of Nature whose totalitarian will cannot be overcome as many Jews, Christians, liberals, and communists falsely presume. Herein lies the Nazi hatred for both capitalism and communism. Its Anti-Semitic racism and love for biology was rooted in the Social Darwinian ecology of Ernst Haeckel. Its holistic nationalism and geopolitics was grounded in the environmental indigenous ideas of Goethe, Humboldt and Arndt. Its Germanic green socialism was derived from Riehl, the father of sustainable development and public forestlands. Its romantic “blood and soil” agrarian pipe dream was borrowed from the nature loving Monist League. The Nazi love for animals was acquired from Arthur Schopenhauer, the Anti-Semitic guru of environmental ethics and animal rights who blamed Genesis 1 and Judaism for what he calls the “odor of the Jews,” i.e., animal cruelty, “the fault lies with the Jewish view that regards animals as something manufactured for man’s use.” Hitler could quote Schopenhauer verbatim. Schopenhauer was Hitler’s favorite philosopher. It was thus no coincidence that the first Anti-Semitic measure that was passed in Nazi Germany in 1933 was an animal rights law. That the Jews would ultimately find themselves stuffed in cattle cars and sent off to concentration camps set up like stockyards, is thus perhaps not so curious. Hitler brought to fruition Schopenhauer’s great wish that the “Jewish view of the animals world must, on account of its immorality, be expelled from Europe.” The end result of Nazi Germany was a ghastly green sacrifice of the so-called ‘Eternal Jew’ who tried to live above nature through capitalism in the west, and communism in the east.
Eco-fascism is thus no metaphor. Even Greenpeace’s founder, Patrick Moore, who left the group because of their increasingly extremist views, has warned of a coming eco-fascism “where the planetary police would answer to no one but Mother Nature herself.” However, it is one thing to call someone an eco-Nazi using metaphors, but quite another to discover that the Nazis had incorporated a green agenda into their political policymaking as well. For obvious reasons, putting these two things together is exactly what modern environmentalists do not want. When such a label begins to match its history at some important junctures, it becomes much more explosive, and the bringing together of environmentalism with Islam will not dispel the strong suspicion that the modern green movement wreaks of fascism. It only injects much more octane into an already highly volatile atmosphere.