This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Disregard for nature will provoke a response

It is not uncommon to dismiss all these warning with a wave of the hand, and trust instead in man’s ingenuity, believing that he will continue to adapt, develop, and “conquer” whatever problems may arise in the future. Such is the implicit faith in the ideology of “necessary progress,” which really amounts to a faith in man and a denial of limits. But St. John Paul II offers a warning:

“Instead of carrying out his role as a co-operator with God in the work of creation, man sets himself up in place of God and thus ends up provoking a rebellion on the part of nature, which is more tyrannized than governed by him.”[1]

And he is affirmed by Benedict XVI:

“The relationship between individuals or communities and the environment ultimately stems from their relationship with God. When ‘man turns his back on the Creator’s plan, he provokes a disorder which has inevitable repercussions on the rest of the created order.”[2]

[1] LS, 50.

[2] Benedict XVI, Letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on the Occasion of the Seventh Symposium of the Religion, Science and the Environment Movement, September 1, 2007.

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