I came across this excellent article, whose argument about God and environmentalism and the advance of mankind runs very close to the ideas that inspired a story I’m writing, “The Tarrying Messenger”.
Desert Thinking: Religion and Environmental Crisis by Chuck Groom
This is an emotionally precarious subject for me, as you will no doubt be aware if you’ve read at all into the backlog of this blog. I’m already worried I’ll let the ideas run away with the story and turn it into a preachy mess, which will in turn force me to abandon the ideas and turn the story into something else. So please follow the link, and let this guy’s persuasive talents accomplish what mine have not.
“Assuredly the creation
of the heavens
And the earth
Is a greater matter
Than the creation of humankind;
Yet most people understand it not.”
–Koran, S.60.57, trans. Abdullah Yusaf Ali.