“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
“The biblical representation of God as somebody ‘up there’, not the substance, but the maker of this universe, from which he is distinct, had deprived matter of a divine dimension and reduced it to mere dust. Hence, whatever the pagan world had regarded as evidence of a divine presence in nature, the Church interpreted as of the Devil”.
Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God: Creative Mythology
“Advertising, entertainment by mass media, political propaganda, personal and public relationships – all of this, with superficial variations, has just one function, which is to adapt human beings to technique”.
Jacques Ellul, Le Système technicien