….Francis describes the root of our problem as a failure to affirm God as Creator. Because we do not orient our freedom toward acknowledging God, the Father, we’re drawn into the technological project. We seek to subdue and master the world so that it can serve our needs and desires, thus treating “other living beings as mere objects subjected to arbitrary human domination.” By contrast, if we acknowledge God as Creator, we can receive creation as a gift and see that “the ultimate purpose of other creatures is not found in us.”
In short, without a theocentric orientation, we adopt the anthropocentric presumption that we are at the center of reality. This tempts us to treat nature—and other human beings—as raw material to do with as we wish. For Francis, “a spirituality which forgets God as all-powerful and Creator is not acceptable.”
Of course, God is exactly what modernity has forgotten…
Read the rest here: The Return of Catholic Anti-Modernism
Though many will stumble at his acceptance of the current scientific consensus on climate change (and count me among those with a bleeding toe), all followers of Christ ought to give thanks for his diagnosis of the idolatry that lies behind the tacit narrative of Modernity, which shapes each of our lives.
It reminds me of a point made by C.S. Lewis-
“There is something which unites magic and applied science (technology) while separating them from the “wisdom” of earlier ages. For the wise men of old, the cardinal problem of human life was how to conform the soul to objective reality, and the solution was wisdom, self-discipline, and virtue. For the modern, the cardinal problem is how to conform reality to the wishes of man, and the solution is a technique.”
Conservatives (especially Evangelical ones) will be surprised to find that our great underlying sin is Sorcery,… and that because its lucrative.