Richard’s comment today on Weber is of great interest, but it is important to see that ‘modernity’ as such is not easily denigrated from the perspective of some kind of religious perspective.
The various ID groups, I should note, tend to be self-styled postmodern anti-modernists, and that is a mistake.
The problem seen by Weber is easily understood in terms of the eonic effect, as the dynamic of the modern transition wanes and a lower energy seems to take over. Nothing in Weber’s Iron Cage endictment will work for the super-creativity of the early modern.
Ironically, the ‘Iron Cage’ effect is clearly analogous to the rigidification of the Xtian mentality as the religion became a crystallized social formation.