Monday, October 20, 2008

Atheist Quote of the Week 5

There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
~Richard Lederer

I get angry on a regular basis about this. Humanity wasted a thousand years on superstition, corruption, suppression of intellectualism, and control of the poor through what was essentially propaganda.

I am forever asking myself: Considering where the Greeks were in terms of philosophy, and where the Romans were in terms of technology, what would have happened to Europe had the Christians not taken over the Roman Empire? It was ultimately ideological differences that made the Empire split, weaken, and eventually fall. The descent into the Dark Ages came swiftly from there.

We could have achieved this level of enlightenment in society hundreds of years ago, and who knows where we would be now if religion hadn't punished scientists and intellects and kept the common people illiterate and impoverished.

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