Plus, awesome opening paragraph.
Charles Babbage, the inventor of the Differential Engine (forerunner of today’s computers) often appears in cyberpunk and steampunk stories as a symbol of godless progress, blah blah blah. (Along with Lady Lovelace, generally portrayed as nothing but a chick who did math in her spare time when not having sex with everything that moves. Which would be funnier if the writers didn’t think this was somehow feminist and enlightened and flattering to her. She was married and had three kids, for goodness’ sake.)
However, in real life, he wrote a defense of science, math, and programming as paths to understanding God better!