For a quick introduction to peak oil, check out the transcript of this lecture. It’s a long, detailed talk about the ins and outs of peak oil for the layperson.

The amazing part is that this isn’t a lecture from a university, nor from a business or political group. It was given by an Anglican priest at his local church for the benefit of his parishioners. I would love to see a sermon or talk given by the pastor at my local church about anything that falls outside the normal boundaries of the church. All we normally get is the usual stuff relating to being a good person, following Jesus’s example, etc… in other words, very ‘safe’ topics. Wonderful stuff for a comfortable audience who think that everything is right with the world. I wonder how the subject matter will change if/when the economy tanks, and more and more church members start feeling the pain.

Elizaphanian is one of my regular reads, both for the daily sunrise/sunset photos and for the subject matter addressed. It seems to me that major religious shifts take place during times of socio-economic upheaval. It will be interesting to see what becomes of all the major (and minor) religious traditions as the long emergency unfolds, but that’s a topic for another time.

Bravo Reverend Sam!

4 Responses to Masterful

  1. Jared says:

    I was talking with my mum about the updated Olduvai (thanks for the link) and the pastor’s peak oil, and she mentioned that her original idea of the end-times (she’s Christian) was war – Jesus comes before man kills man – but now she’s wondering if he’ll come before our health care fails.

  2. Rev Sam says:

    Thanks for the positive feedback. I think there will be a religious shift in the coming decades, but my suspicion is that it will be a reversion to something like traditional christianity, ie a form of what existed before getting buried under a pile of plastic cr_p.

  3. Bart says:

    Jared: you’re welcome for the Olduvai link… As I stated, I have no idea if Duncan’s predictions are accurate or not. I think modern society will prove to be more resilient than he’s projecting. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least bit if the grids in the poorer parts of the world fail first, and that it comes to catch the First World a little later. I do agree with Duncan that when the grid goes down, globalism and industrial society will go with it.

    I’m a Christian as well, though probably a different flavor than your mother if she a believer in the end-times coming anytime soon (or am I mis-reading your comments?). If modern society does fail, there will be a long period of turbulence, but assuming we don’t irradiate the planet, there will be some form of society existing after everything is said and done. Many different groups have foreseen the end-times coming since shortly after Jesus was crucified, and so far they’ve all been proven wrong, unless you believe that the Roman destruction of the temple in ~70AD was what they were predicting…

    Rev Sam: You’re very welcome for the feedback. I’m curious to know what kind of reception of your talks on peak oil and the like get from both your parishioners and from your fellow priests.

    I’d also like to hear your thoughts on what the neo-traditional Christianity will look like. Here in the states, Christianity has morphed into multiple traditions that are radically different from each other as well as from traditional Christianity, and I’m wondering how possible it will be to regain what has been lost. The proverbial genie has been let out of the bottle, and I don’t know that we’ll be able to put it back in so to speak.

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