Reply To: The Desacralization of Nature


I don’t think the profaning of nature has anything to do with the rise of Abrahamic monotheism. The Bible is full of spirits, angels, and demons. It even allows for the possibility of magic. And Medieval Europe, perhaps Christianity at its peak influence, was full of people who believed in every mythical creature you can imagine, from the Sidhe and the Wee Folk to the cyclops and dragons. It was the rise of the Scientific Revolution and the so-called Enlightenment that changed that. The whole point of being “enlightened” is that you weren’t ignorant like those superstitious people in the past and didn’t believe in things like gods and monsters.