Originally Posted by Dick Bull
Where did I say I made any contribution to science? I did not. My point is in the history of scientific contribution many religious people have made contributions to science and the list of the church persecuting than the church supporting at the time is a much, much greater list. With every discovery that disagreed with theology there was the church to smack them down.
I do agree that not every christian is a fundamentalist, however, this was not always the case. We're talking about discoveries that conflicted with church in a time where it was entirely unacceptable.
Not really sure why you got all uppity but the fact of the matter is that if you believe that religion has contributed more than hindered science you are seriously wrong.
I believe this position is largely revisionist history. Also, I never said it contributed more or hindered more... I simply said it did not exclusively hinder scientific progress and THAT is what you disagreed with apparently.
Was galileo persecuted for his scientific position, or because he enjoyed mocking the pope? He could have saved himself a lot of problems by not being an asshole.
Also, I think Islam has hindered science FAR more than christianity has. They basically outlawed it and set discovery back centuries... since at the time most of western europe could not even read (reading and writing was spread to western europe by WHOM? The Roman Catholic church.)
I'm not saying religion has not been a hindrance. I'ts a huge problem in modern america. It's also vastly over-stated historically. The search for god was the catalyst for modern science. People need to know that, even if it does seem silly to you or I.
Also, what do you mean by 'uppity?' Do you understand the racist origin of that word?