I have noted before in this space that in two arenas–evolution and climate change–the language of discourse tends to veer sharply into the language of faith. We are pressed to “believe” in these things and many of the trappings of religion tend to adhere to them in ways they do not adhere to say, the physics of gravitation, or hydraulics, or electrical engineering. We are offered “carbon credits” as indulgences. We can even confess our carbon sins. Heretics are offered, not so much arguments as denunciations.
And, as with all deities, spirits and inscrutable supernatural powers, Global Warming is regarded as having the mysterious power to control everything with its mysterious omnipotent might–including the murder rate in Chicago:For from it and to it and through it are all things. There is nothing it cannot do, nothing for which it is not ultimately responsible.
There is something in the human soul that cannot resist sacralizing really huge things. Climate is a huge thing. So is the vast panoply of life. So is the universe. All of them tend to get turned into religious objects of devotion.