Or so I said last year at this time when I did a series called “a Lutheran Anthropology for non-Lutherans” (which I am thinking about again this morning as I get back to exploring questions about science, technology and theology – getting ready for a library technology presentation). Here is what I wrote at the time:
“….jumping off of Pastor Fisk’s book as well as all other helpful authors, I’ve got what I think is a helpful apologetic approach based on three propositional claims which I have stated very carefully (it is a bit of a reframe of Fisk’s presentation, which I consider highly insightful and valuable). Mankind has always and always will seek to reach three fundamental things…”
A gentleman named Ralph Spraker found this series helpful and even produced a visualization of it:
Thanks again Ralph!
Near the end of the series, I put forth this:
“…with an increase in functional knowledge and earthly power, man’s free powers tend to combine with devotion towards certain unbending principles and “cause-and-effect” laws (like a vending machine: ultimately manipulative “if-then” moralism), and the temptation is for this to take over completely, squelching out the last vestiges of an actual person who is God. In other words, this “highest of men”, rich in the knowledge and wisdom of the world, seeks to harness not only what have come to be known as the “laws of nature”** and “natural law”, but any “laws of the [increasingly depersonalized] supernatural” as well (whether more or less “systematically”). This is accomplished with the help of its magicians/scientists and priests as “salvation” comes through the mighty accomplishments of the appropriate “technologies”, dealing with both the material and the “spiritual”. Here, we find that the distinction between the natural and the supernatural, for whatever its beneficial uses, has actually been of some assistance in banishing the biblical God. Therefore, writ large, as unchecked Old Adam more successfully harnesses the order inhering in the creation, in practice he makes the Creator his impersonal creation and himself salvation.
As a result of this, the human person – not considered in light of the Divine person of Jesus Christ and His love for all – is inevitably trodden underfoot, as at least some persons inevitably become means to other ends.”
Check out the series, which is something I am quite proud of: here is part III of III, where that last part occurs.
Image credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Picard_as_Locutus.jpg