What is modernity?

Great quote here:
The essence of modernity, according to Kirk and Niemeyer, is the denial that man can know and conform to the transcendent order, and that he must therefore construct his own order, as an extension of his mind. The motto of the modern project was first uttered by Francis Bacon, who said that "knowledge is power." Later, Karl Marx would proclaim: "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." The political expression of modernity, of course, is the ideological regime, founded on a rigid system of abstractions which are imposed on society by force.
--Gregory Wolfe, "Beauty will save the World"

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