If you take God out of the evacuation, you divinize the ongoing movement of history. So strong are this beliefs that it can outlast the obvious counter examples. Sientific progress gave airplanes, it gave us also the first world war, progress gave us pencilin, it also gave us the holocaust. The big stories of progress has let us down, they were a failure, but we still go on as if they were true.
– N.T. Wright on divinization of progress