Conversion of intellectuals

The poster for the event 55 Encuentro de Universitarios Católicos (hung at the entrance of my place of work) shows a number of intellectuals who “conversed”: Henry Newman, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, GK Chesterton, and E Stein.

Interestingly, I think only the later would apply, in the sense that is implied (imho) in the poster: conversion from atheism (they are intellectuals!) to Roman catholicism. Newman transfered from one Christian faith to another, it seems Tolkien and Chesterton always were more or less Catholic, and Lewis converted to Anglicanism.

Some extracts from wikipedia to support this follow.

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Dyson and Global Warming

Eminent physicist Freeman Dyson has recently been critic with the overall emphasis on  Global warming as the main problem to focus upon. His latest review for The New York Review of Books , The question of global warming, ends with some food for thought:

Environmentalism has replaced socialism as the leading secular religion. And the ethics of environmentalism are fundamentally sound… This is a religion that we can all share, whether or not we believe that global warming is harmful.

Much of the public has come to believe that anyone who is skeptical about the dangers of global warming is an enemy of the environment. The skeptics now have the difficult task of convincing the public that the opposite is true. Many of the skeptics … are horrified to see the obsession with global warming distracting public attention from what they see as more serious and more immediate dangers to the planet, including problems of nuclear weaponry, environmental degradation, and social injustice…

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