Progress and Realism

Technology is a Christian concept.  Pagans (the sons of Cain) can have technological advances, but it’s not clear why.  When magic pervades all there is no point behind cause-and-effect.  Stuff happens in Homer for no rhyme or reason.

Mature Christian man does not need magic or to see nature “re-enchanted.”  Anchorites accuse Calvinism of gnosticism because we don’t “sanctify” and bless different objects.   The opposite is true.  The Reformed Protestant asks what is so wrong with nature that it needs to be “graced.”  If nature–even pre-fall nature!–is seen in such a way that it needs “a little sumpin’-sumpin’” in order for it to be “good,” then the Anchorite is the real gnostic.