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  •  good points about the scholarship in (2+ / 0-)
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    mookins, Onomastic

    the Middle Ages BUT the Church was also very anti science even then and it stifled intellectual growth and inquiry.

    They tried to preserve ancient learning but largely to serve their goals.  Real scientists were considered heretics

    •  Yeah (3+ / 0-)
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      mookins, Onomastic, kyril

      One thing that kept sticking out for me in Western Civ class when I learned about the history of the church was how well Sarah Palin et al. would've fit in back then.  Rabidly anti-science and pro everything I hate.

      •  whether she fit in or not, (3+ / 0-)
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        Onomastic, GDbot, kyril

        Sarah Palin would have had no way to be an influential being in the Middle Ages ... unless she had been born to royalty .. and even then she would have just been a pawn in marriage game - she hasn't demonstrated that she has the intelligence to have been any kind of influential person ...
        Most of the influential women were nuns, like Catherine of Siena and Saint Teresa of Avila or Clare of assisi ...or the Abbesses who presided over coed convents through the Middle ages

        maybe Sarah could have been a Saint Joan, although I don't see Sarah sticking with the call ;-)  

        And as for the Church being rabidly anti-science, it is important to read all the facts regarding these debates ...
        the controversy over a helio centric world vs a geocentric one was more over the philosophical problems that would be presented that over the science ...

        Give your heart a real workout! Love your enemies!

        by moonbatlulu on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 10:11:45 PM PDT

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    •  but it is always that way.... (8+ / 0-)

      anyone or anything threatening the status quo  (and new scientific discoveries are one of the biggest threats)  are always greeted with hostility ... and it wasn't just the Catholic Church that behaved this way toward new ideas

      but the fact is that the Church kept literacy alive in Western Europe

      Whenever people live in fearsome and unstable times, they react to newness with fear ... in many places the Church was the only stable force ... that was why it became politically powerful .. and in the process forgot its primary goals and concentrated on keeping the rules for their own sake...

      and many institutions before,during, and since have done the same ...

      Protestant, Enlightment England was not really thrilled with Jefferson's new idea that the right to govern rested with the consent of the governed...
      (except in the cases of females, and people of color, and possibly non-land owning white males)

      Give your heart a real workout! Love your enemies!

      by moonbatlulu on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 09:51:24 PM PDT

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    •  the catholic church is almost solely responsible (2+ / 0-)
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      for modern science

    •  I don't understand this comment-- (0+ / 0-)

      Who are the "real scientists" that you refer to?  I don't think anything that we would call "science" existed in the Middle Ages -- and definitely not anything that they called science at the time.  There was alchemy and astrology, and a little botany here and there.  There was some study of Aristotle, which the Church usually supported, and when any innovation took place in the study of physics or optics, as with Jan Buridan or Roger Bacon, it was sponsored and supported under Church auspices.

      It's true that in the 1600s, the Church threatened and condemned Galileo, but we cannot project that particular conflict back into earlier times a places where it didn't happen.

      We might take issue with the dogmatism and traditionalism of the Catholic Church, but there were long stretches of time where if you were interested in any intellectual inquiry at all, your best bet was to join monastery, a convent, or a cathedral school.

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