The World of the Fall
Against Neo-Luddites pt.1
The world is not fallen.
[C]reation is good, and that is not as it was intended to be; there has been a fall, which we constantly perpetuate, and it affects nature as well as humans. But it should be noted at the outset that there is no expression in Greek - certainly not in the Fathers - corresponding to the phrase “the fallen world.” … it would be more accurate to speak of “the world of the fall.”
- Elizabeth Theokritoff, Living in God’s Creation
The world has a fall.
This seems pedantic, but the view is critical. The very laws of nature were affected by the fall, yes. But, it isn’t the case that non-human nature fell out of relationship with God.
That bears repeating: non-human nature has not fell out of relationship with God.
Man is not the only thing in relationship with the Divine. Created things are routinely conduits of God. God is not only with us; God is with the entirety of His creation.
“God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.” (Acts 19:11-12)
Since we are participants in Creation - not independent creators - all that we manipulate and build remains still a part of Creation. A skyscraper is as much part of Creation as is a tree. It is perhaps, then, not right to say that things are built by man so much as they are built through man. Though, yes, there are still demons in play, affecting the things that are built through man. But the demons are subject to God’s law and his constraints - accordingly, that which is built in Creation cannot stray outside of the bounds of God’s control.
A mentality of burning everything, which the likes of Ned Ludd, Ted Kacynski, et. al. encourage is disrespectful to this order; it amounts to desiring the death penalty for minor infractions. There’s a better way.