It used to be common to hear a new convert described as someone who had "got religion." Occasionally one hears that phrase still. It makes religion sound like a disease. One gets religion like one gets a cold or a cancer. It happens to some people but not to others.
My family has been going through a medical crisis of late and it has become impossible to find a good stretch of uninterrupted time in which to write, not to mention things don't seem particularly funny right now.
The climate crisis is unfolding far more rapidly than scientists predicted. It's a problem of spectacular and unprecedented magnitude, and humans have to implement large-scale solutions to help de-escalate this crisis.
The Christian season of Advent is all about anticipation, or waiting with anticipation. Scripture fills our days not only with what has happened, but with the confidence of God's grace coming into the world with fullness, with immeasurable wonder.
We can choose to pursue technologies that enable the kind of farming we want. Or we can choose to farm differently, in order to engage with the kinds of technologies we want, to the degree that we want.
Two religious humans, one the leader of more than a billion Catholics, and the other, a small Kentucky farmer, both recognize that nature and humanity are not mutually exclusive, but mutually dependent.