Originally Posted by Literature
Dave, you've never read any amount of historical scholarship about this period, and relying on jesusneverexisted.com to fill this gap is a sorry mistake, because that person hasn't either.
I have read quite a bit of non-theist historical accounts of this period. This was just close enough to my thoughts / what I've been able to deduce as to post it verbatim.
The Church was no hero of the dark ages. Far from it. Had the Church had its way we would be all riding in ox drawn carts.
The Muslim Dark Ages began around 1170 CE and you can see the effect religion has had on the advancement of those countries under its sway. The "Dark Ages" were the christians version of the same thing. Had it not been for knowledge retained by the Arabs and the advancements they made during those periods, the world would be a radically different place.
Fortunately as the lamp of knowledge and progress ground to a halt in the Middle East the West began to stir from its 1,000 year slumber.
I'm sorry but you are wrong, although entitled to your opinion.