Climate Change and Climate Change Policy as Human Sacrifice: Artifice, Idolatry, and Environment in a Technological Society

Noah J. Toly

In this essay, Noah J. Toly argues that climate change and the current international climate regime embodied in the Kyoto Protocol represent practices of human sacrifice unique to contemporary technological society. Deploying a critique based upon the theory of Jacques Ellul, Mr. Toly demonstrates that climate change and climate policy epitomize the characteristic artifice and idolatry of technological society, while also offering a modest contribution to Christian political ethics of environment focused upon the principles of stewardship, justice, and freedom. Mr. Toly is a Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy.

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