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No God supports human progress as a means of helping ourselves as best we can. In numerous places in the scripture artist, poets, doctors, scientist, engineers are lauded by the The Lord God. God has never explicitly advanced human tech and knowledge beyond the gifts of clothes originally given to abash Adam and Eve. Even social reforms are allowed to happen ...


It would probably be more accurate to say that it is critiquing empire. In fact the whole Old Testament can be read as a polemic against empire and in favor of a limited government that stays within limited borders rather than trying to conquer all its neighbors (i.e. Israel's limited monarchy with definite borders "From Dan to Beersheba"). There's a book by ...

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