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How to Use the Bible to Save the Planet

Mother Jones

By Chris Mooney

Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" embraces a brand of faith-based environmentalism that's increasingly popular with young religious believers.


For a brief moment in Darren Aronofsky's hit religious epic film Noah, we see the great Flood from space. From that vantage point, it looks much like an atmospheric event of the sort that a NASA satellite might photograph, so we can all share it on Facebook. So what does biblical cataclysm look like from orbit? Beautifully, and yet terrifyingly, the entire Earth appears to be draped in a quilt of hurricanes, each cyclone nestled alongside the next.

"There is a huge statement in the film, a strong message about the coming flood from global warming," Aronofsky told
The New Yorker in an extensive profile. The film also contains a depiction of the Big Bang (something doubted by 51 percent of Americans, according to a recent survey), fins-to-limbs evolution, and the very clear implication that the biblical "days" of the creation were only metaphorical days, not literal, 24-hour ones.

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