Shaking the World

I’ve just dipped into Madeleine Bunting’s book The Plot, about a piece of land in Yorkshire on the edge of the moors where here sculptor father built a chapel.
She writes of how many clerics became archaeologists, as they had time, education and money. But it also seems odd, as they were trying at least some, to prove the Bible truth. But railways gave birth to geology &archaeology by such massive earth exposures, revealing the earth had to be older than the bible claimed.
But what did my head in was their excavations in old burial chambers which exploded the idea that we were hand made by God. I read this an hour ago, and my head is still spinning. At the time of the industrial revolution, humans were being replaced by machines, and clerics were likewise replacing god with…what?

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