Originally Posted by WhiteWhale
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?
Reading and education was a priveledge given to the wealthy. Another way the church (no matter which) to keep control.
I disagree with your view about science being the catalyst unless you mean that people got sick of the persecution and sought out the fight against it.
Also, by uppity I meant your snooty attitude, there was no racial connotation implied.