"Bless the Lord, All You Works of the Lord"
"Bless the Lord, All You Works of the Lord"\r\nNature and the Incarnation\r\nby Scott P. Richert\r\nIn one of the first episodes of the latest Star Trek series, Enterprise,\r\nthe crew, a few weeks ont from Earth on the ship's\r\nmaiden voyage, has become homesick. Suddenly, an inhabitable\r\nplanet appears off of the port side. Tliere are no signs of humanoid\r\nlife, but the captain sends a small team down to gather\r\ninformahon and to grab a little shore leave. What they find is astonisiiing:\r\nThe planet is a veritable paradise, full of lush forests,\r\nstunning waterfalls, vast savannahs, and a remarkable array of\r\nEarth-like wildlife.\r\nBut everything is not what it seems. By the team's first\r\nevening on the planet, a series of strong electrical storms forces\r\nthe crew to take refuge in a cave, where an hallucinogenic substance\r\nbegins to affect their sanity. Ultimately, the team must\r\nflee the planet to avoid killing one another. By forcing them to\r\nflee, the planet has rid itself of the alien invaders and restored its\r\nnatural balance. Paradise, it seems, is no place for man.\r\nWelcome to the brave new world of modem environmentalism,\r\nin which man is no more than a bacterium against which\r\nNatureâ€”namely, everything other than manâ€”must generate\r\nantibodies in order to protect itself. To be fair to the writers and\r\nproducers of Eriterprise, their story is told from the perspecfive\r\nof the crew members, not from that of the planet. But the...
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