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Raymond Winling (France 1924), priest and professor emeritus of the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Strasbourg. Doctor in philosophy and theology, specialist in the field of history of thought, with emphasis on patristics and the contemporary period.

The advance of science and technology gave mankind a new vision of the Universe and of natural phenomena, totally opposed to that inherited from the Middle Ages. Understanding the mechanisms and the causes of many phenomena (even to prevent or anticipate them) has made the man stop thinking that God manages Nature or even use it as a means to "discipline" man. Winling says: "At the present time it is difficult to admit the notion of a God that manifests itself in the natural cataclysms, in a way that sometimes surrounds the desire for revenge."
Personally, while it is undeniable that man in the hands of science and technology has advanced in the understanding of things, and that he can manipulate Nature to obtain a result that benefits him, [genetic manipulation to obtain cattle with A specific purpose (milk, meat, etc ...) or transgenic crops, with the objective of overcoming a natural difficulty of a certain terrain (soil dryness or poverty, endemic pests, etc.)], in my opinion, humanity is "very Believed in itself "and is overestimating its ability to dominate ... any asteroid could push humanity back into the Stone Age in a few seconds ... bacteria and viruses that are beginning to be exposed by Climate Change in Permafrost could decimate To Humanity before the healing vaccine is found, just to mention two examples.

In addition, in modifying Nature for "own benefit" in human myopia, things are done that in the long run will clearly be to their own disadvantage, such as the clearing of forests, the unconscious abuse of water, or in the case of Argentina, the planting of soybeans (Monocultures impoverish the land, consuming it) for which the land is "cleansed" with herbicides that pollute the soil and waters; Open-pit mining, as happens in San Juan with Barrick Gold, which takes away the wealth and leaves us the soils and soils contaminated with cyanide; etc…

I believe that God is "loosening" humanity, which is letting us "do". Man's movements, in all areas, are drawing ever more clearly the apocalyptic picture of the End Times, the old prophecies given to John, are proclaimed as neglected by the mass media [1] that the worldly people reads Without knowing what it is and the same congregation, since 90% did not read Revelation and 10% that if he read it, only a few understood it. That is why, despite all the advances of science, I firmly believe that God always has the last word.

THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE, in astronomy, physics and chemistry, renewed the vision of the world and new theories about the origins that shook the Church's belief system, based on medieval scholasticism. There was virtually no area that did not experience any really significant changes.

The metaphysics and cosmology of the Middle Ages left a great place for God, religion, metaphysics. It was very different from contemporary philosophy, or from current astronomy. "But the vision of the world that proposes science explodes this imaginary universe into pieces." In the middle was a secularization process - initiated by the Frenchman René Descartes - which was reducing the "space for God", for the benefit of the sciences, which seek to answer the fundamental questions. When science produces the collapse of medieval metaphysics, theology changes markedly. Although the heliocentric theories of Copernicus (s XVI) and Newton (s XVII) and the ideas did not impact in the mass of the society until Century XX, in that they arise Einstein (Theory of the Relativity) and Lamaître (Big Bang Theory - Gen. 1.3 ??) shocked the believers.

The spectacular results of experimental science made the "Legacy Medieval World" seem ridiculous and childlike, almost "Naif". In the face of science, the stories of Creation, the Deluge, and the miracles narrated simply do not seem to be able to sustain themselves.

THE SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT AND MANAGEMENT OF PHYSICAL LAWS has impacted on the environment, man begins to manipulate nature. Science with its explanations has progressively evicted the divine from the places where pre-scientific medieval thought had lodged it.

Any intervention or influence of a supernatural force on material things is discarded. Material things obey the laws immanent, ultimately God has been removed from the scene and Creation. Contemporary science does not admit that there are forces transcendent to this world - the idea of ​​a God, for example -, but that the world is governed by immanent laws, that is, proper to the world itself (David Roldan Commentary, page 11).

BIOLOGY: I destroy the myth of spontaneous generation (creation accounts) attacked the fixation of species (with Theory of Evolution), experiments on the passage of the inorganic to the organic (carbon compound, life), Genetic and DNA studies. The success of certain laboratory experiments strengthened the scientific position. They would miss the contributions made by Paleontology, Archeology and how they complicated the biblical scene with the calculation of the times. But it must be acknowledged that science also provided data confirming biblical truths, but that would be beyond the scope of this work.

SOCIO-POLITICAL SCOPE. The science gave tools to the technique for the development of machinery, with which the Industrial Revolution was made. Industrialization brought unplanned growth to cities, producing overcrowding, disease and complex situations; And on the other hand the field was depopulated. The peasants who came to the cities in search of work were cruelly exploited, treated as slaves, generating a social drama.

Trade: The improvement in machinery was applied to transport (train, sea) and with this the trade was revitalized [Manufactured merchandise has a much greater value of exchange than raw materials, that is why many rural workers left the fields to work in The industrial poles close to the cities. The "Central" countries, as Marx calls them, bought (and still does) the raw material (in "pesos") of the countries of the "Periphery", processed it in their Industrial Poles and then sold the manufactured goods To Third World Countries at the price of the First World (in "strong" currency) which continued to fuel the gap between rich and poor countries]. The commercial and industrial boom gave birth to a new bourgeoisie. But obviously everything was not rosy, class struggles arise. In 1848 from the philosophy of Marx and Engels comes the Communist Manifesto which would have an impact in the second half of the nineteenth century with concrete effect in the twentieth century.

All these changes have produced great social tensions, especially throughout the twentieth century (Two World Wars, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, the Korean War, the Revolution of Cuba in the 1960s, Vietnam, de facto governments In Latin America, I had the pleasure of studying Latin American Theology last year with his son and we saw all these issues and above all how it is necessary for theologians to be connected with reality)

Two World Wars, Pollution, Pollution, injustice in the face of the medieval idea that God is in control of all Creation. Genetic manipulation, birth control, organ transplants, all situations that raise issues of conscience among believers.

As Professor Alberto Roldán says in the Prologue of the Anthology of Texts of Contemporary Theology of FIET: "Theology, as human thought about God, has never been given in a historical vacuum. There has always been a context that has determined it, has allowed its emergence or has forced it. "

One can not ignore reality, or rather, it should not be, firstly because the scenario of "Reality", that is, the whole Universe, is God's creation and even the main actors of "Reality" - we men - We were also created by Him and for Him. Professor Roldán affirms "Theology is in permanent dialogue with philosophy and, like this, it should also face" a criticism of the given. " It is what some contemporary theologians have tried, producing important works of reflection and study that need to be known firsthand. " This implies study, dedication and hunger to understand what God said and for what He said, for which a study of the Word in its broad context is necessary. Not taking into account reality in theology leads to a state of "disconnection", lack of frames of reference, thoughts about the Word lose in this way effectiveness, in the sense that can not apply to a reality that is ignored.

Taking into account the current reality is to be able to identify it with other realities exposed in the Word of God, and then see how to apply what God said to the present moment.

The negation of reality is a problem of most of today's churches, not only of the present reality, but they also choose to ignore the reality of the context of the biblical passages, in order to get them out of it and make them say what Never said ... And this is a source of bad doctrines, of evangelical folklore, and the root of the revival of "Magical Thinking" in the Church, where by the "Declaration" or "Decree" of the "Anointed One" things will happen (God would have to answer To the mandates of these "Man of God" -which are above God himself-regardless of whether or not the thing is within His Will) by definitively turning the "Churches" into pseudo-Christian sects with much magic, Music and little or no Truth in them.

Winling explains that World War II left the countries involved in great destruction and poverty. Winners and losers spent three years of hunger. Until the US helped strongly the reconstruction of Western Europe with the implementation of the Marshall Plan [2]. Europe stood up relying on technology and science, working hard. People began to trust in effort, in science and in technology, feeling that in this way they would live better. They imposed themselves the ideal of rationality and scientific spirit, rejecting the idealization of the past: perfection is not sought in previous times; Perfection is considered as the logical result of a movement that obeys the law of progress.

With respect to tradition, they began to feel contempt, criticizing the structures defined by Christianity and inherited from the past as institutions, family.

At present, in Argentina, the mentality of the people who contribute to the productive system [3] generally follow the same line: An Olympic contempt for traditions and institutions (Church, family) where "solutions" will come from the Hand of science, technique and self-effort.

From the second half of the twentieth century came the "movements of renewal in contemporary Argentine churches," referring to charismatic movements. The "Contemporary Man" rejects, as we have already seen, all "Traditional". The charismatic movement, although it brought a sort of "renewal" (I say a lucky one, because in fact it did not renew anything, nor within the Catholicism where they remain as blind as before) nor within the evangelical realm, where they have done more harm than good. Contemporary man in general rejects both the "Tradition with Naphtalin" and these "Charismatic Movements in the Spirit" that he can not process, the vast majority of the people who today (as in the past) approach the Church are the poorest (In every sense).

With regard to the following paragraph of Winling:
Those who for religious or moral reasons are still attached to the traditional values ​​are locked in their silence and seek refuge in a fidelity that they dare not confess for some time.

To those who remain silent, to the Church in the Dispersion, who knows and keeps the Word of God. Of these says the Scripture:

4 Yet you have in Sardis [4] a few who have not tarnished their clothes. They, because they are worthy, will walk with me dressed in white. 5 He who is victorious shall wear white. I will never erase his name from the book of life, but I will recognize his name before my Father and before his angels. Revelation 3.4-5 NIV

10 For you have kept my command to be constant, I will keep you from the hour of temptation, which will come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11 I'm coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. 12 I will make it a pillar of the temple of my God to the one who conquers, and will never leave it again. I will engrave on it the name of my God and the name of the new Jerusalem, the city of my God, which comes down from heaven from my God; And I will also record upon it my new name. Revelation 3.10-12 NIV

21 To him who is victorious I will give him the right to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3.21 NIV

This is the test of today, to remain in the Truth in spite of so much lie, of so much "Magical Thought" Doctrines of Humanism presented as Biblical, at the end of verse 10 of Revelation 13, clearly says that In this consist perseverance and Fidelity of the saints! In persevering in the midst of apostasy.

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Notes of Contemporary Theology, Raymond Winling, A World in Change.

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[1] http://www.canacion.com.ar/2032083-biohacking-como-es-vivir-con-varios-chips-bajo-la-piel
[2] The Marshall Plan - officially called the European Recovery Program, ERP - was a US initiative to help Western Europe, in which the Americans provided financial aid worth about $ 13 billion of the time for the reconstruction of Those countries of Europe devastated after the Second World War. The plan was in operation for four years from April 1948. The United States' objectives were to rebuild those areas destroyed by the war, to remove barriers to trade, to modernize European industry and to make the continent prosperous again; All these objectives were intended to prevent the spread of communism, which had a great and growing influence in post-war Europe. The Marshall Plan required a reduction of inter-state barriers, reduced regulation of business and encouraged productivity growth, union membership, and new "modern" business models. Wikipedia
[3] I make this clarification, because in Argentina - fruit of the endless "crises" and political des-managements - there is 30% of the population that is in a totally different situation, well below the poverty line and whose thought Is dependent on the Arks of an agonized state that can no longer afford their support. This population, given its low formative level (almost nil), is the easiest to capture by sectarian movements and neo-Pentecostal groups, which offer them a "quasi-magical" improvement.

[4] The "Church" who believes in the midst of "Revival" but is dead.


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