“It was the abandonment of magic which made possible the upsurge of technology, not the other way round. Indeed, as Max Weber stressed, magic was potentially ‘one of the most serious obstructions to the rationalisation of economic life’. The technological primacy of Western civilization, it can be argued, owes a sizeable debt to the fact that in Europe recourse to magic was to prove less ineradicable than in other parts of the world”.

Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic