The negative impact of development on religious practice is nothing new. Such a decline often reveals an erroneous religion that is based more on superstition or magic than on divine revelation and obedience to the will of God.
Thus, people who use religion as a perceived way to control the circumstances of their lives can easily abandon it when they find other means of such control whether it be through economic power, advanced technology, the medical sciences or education.
These good and worthy developments should lead us to a deeper hunger for true and authentic religion which gives meaning to the human person, illumines the universal moral code, and reminds us of our eternal calling beyond a life defined by our temporary accomplishments. This religious hunger was described by St. Augustine who said, “Our hearts are made for you, O God, and they are restless until they rest in you.”