Saturday, December 29, 2012 3:08:06 PM
Mmmm science:Lost count Religion:-1000 That represents the years you drated us all over dark ages!!
That's not entirely fair. The effect of religion wasn`t entirely negative. In "the west", a lot of the preservation of literacy and ancient knowledge was down to religion. It was true to such an extent that in many areas for centuries being able to read and write was considered adequate legal evidence of being a member of the clergy (which conferred significant legal privileges - "benefit of clergy"). As a result, the continued existence of some ancient works of knowledge was due to religion - it was clerics who were copying and recopying the ancient documents.