The Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the empirical observations of Copernicus and Galileo blew open the Medival cosmology and worldview.
The hierarchy of being, the power of the church, and the divine right of kings all came into question. Europe was thrown into Political, Philosophical, and Theological war. Millions of people died.
Suddenly, the earth was no longer the center of the universe. The Roman church was not the center of power. The earth was round and there was a “New World” to be “Discovered” and conquered.
Welcome to the modern age. For the first time in human history humans entertained the idea that there might not be a spiritual realm of God or the gods at all. The material, physical world is all that exists. The power of human reason and emprical science is the only source of knowledge that can be trusted.
The Christian church was fractured in many ways. On the one hand, it was splintered into warring factions: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and the continually splintering factions of protestants who argued over everthing.
On the other hand, the church became complicit in the European political imagination of white supremecy and European domination. The global south was colonized by European Empires in the name of Jesus and his Church.
This video attempts to outline how the Western world shifted from the Medieval to the Modern Worldview.
Beyond the Modern Imagination
By the mid 20th century, after two world wars and the Great Depression, the world was
- tired of the Church and its corruption, and
- ready for another revolution.
So, here we sit, in the 21st century, tryng to make sense out of the ancient texts of scripture. It is important to keep all these lenses in mind when we read the Bible.
We are not ancient people, reading the text written to us. However, it is my assertion, that the divine spark the inspired the ancient authors to write these texts, in their context, is the same divine spark that draws us to the text. We are inviteed to read these texts in community, and together, discern what the divine is doing today and how we can join in on it.