UK archbishop says God will not forgive humanity for damaging environment

March 26th, 2009 - 1:45 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 26 (ANI): The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has warned that God will not forgive humanity for damaging the environment.

In a lecture delivered here, Dr Williams called for a “radical change of heart” to prevent runaway climate change.

He said humanity should turn away from selfishness and greed once again promote interdependence in the natural world.

God would not guarantee a “happy ending,” The BBC quoted Dr Williams, as saying.

He said just as God gave humans free will to do “immeasurable damage” to themselves as individuals, it seemed clear they had the same terrible freedom as a human race.

“I think that to suggest that God might intervene to protect us from the corporate folly of our practices is as unchristian and unbiblical as to suggest that he protects us from the results of our individual folly or sin,” he said.

Dr Williams warned, the world faced a number of “doomsday scenarios” including the “ultimate tragedy” of humanity gradually choked, drowned, or starved by its own stupidity.

The poorest and most vulnerable and our children and grandchildren would pay the heaviest price for climate change, he added. (ANI)

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