|Good old days ?|
Francis Bacon (1521-1626) proclaimed that the new science was "the ultimate dominion of humanity over nature, as promised in Genesis, and as a study of God's works". Like Aquinas, he viewed science and nature as just a legitimate source of revelation as the study of God's word.
Now just think about that for a second. Science was no longer a threat to religion, it was actually elevated to be equal to scripture! It was the dawn of the Age of Reason, the birth of the Enlightenment. For someone like me, it was also when philosophy finally became really interesting. Why? Because, for the first time, it wasn't OK to just guess, to speculate and proclaim "truths". Now, it had to be backed up with actual evidence or rational thought.
|The new invention of smog|
|Unfrozen cave man engineers|
It is this that modern philosophy fears most. They view themselves as the antidote to the Enlightenment, the nervous voice of wisdom and caution in an age of exponentially advancing technology, multiplying out of control like a global plague.
The antidote has been found, ironically, in indigenous races that for all intents and purposes have been exterminated by the industrialized West. The madness of a people destroying the cure to their own illness still goes on today, as untold medical compounds are eradicated every day in rain forests and the underwater jungles of coral reefs. (About 7000 medicines prescribed by Western doctors are derived from plants.)