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Is Environmentalism a Religion? Part I

The top result on a Google search of the title of this post yields the article, Is Environmentalism a Religion?, written by Sheryl Eisenberg, writer and long time advisor to the National Resources Defense Council, which the New York Times calls “one of the most powerful environmental groups.”

Throughout her article she compares environmentalism to religion, and concludes that environmentalism is not a religion. Yet nowhere in her article does she provide her definition of religion.

In this series of posts I will examine the same question, Is Environmentalism a Religion?, point out some of the difficulties inherent in this question and with defining religion, and explain why Sheryl does not know what she is writing about.