The catholics did well on many subjects since they had the time and money to investigate. However, when science ran afoul of the current church world view then folks were accused of heresy such as Galileo.
...I remember 10 year ago or so genetic manipulation was a controversy. "that's God place not ours." I had to wonder if they could say that to a down syndrome child that might have led a normal life if the tech had less opposition.As to killing babies, that's a whole other ball of wax but certainly we would not want to encourage mother to have babies for science. However I get the idea that anything that is a part of the abortion argument will be opposed by the christians no matter how it may help the human race.
You do know that many women have abortions when they discover their unborn baby has Downs Syndrome right?
This is one of the many arguments I hear from a atheist. I want to know your thoughts on this. How did the Bible or Christianity responsible to hold back humanity from progressing in technology and all that? I have gotten a comment on one atheist (I think he maybe one)"And my honest opinion religion is holding humanity back, yes it also can help people I do not disagree with that. But consider the things we don't quite know yet and our drive to make discoveries its what drives man to always push forward. It seems like religion can never really go forward unless somehow someone sees a new translation. Let me make an example: Just watch a children's movie its used as a device to stimulate emotion and sometimes teach us an overall life lesson either about relationships, sharing or caring for others and the thing you would do for them. Its a method humans have evolved to stimulate our minds and help us deal with situations on a humanistic level. But we all know these emotions and lessons have derived from fiction and at no point any positive outcome makes the movie more real. The problem with religion is the translation of this learning technique has been lost and at some point someone said those stories were actually real. Because come on some of those stories are just very old methods of thinking but that learning from a story technique still very much works. I love religious people just as much as my fellow atheists and I never want to change someone just help them think for themselves. Some people put religion above objective/logical thinking and when that starts to happen religion is holding someone back. Yes you may think by opposing religion will lead you into endless pain of hell but I do not have that fear because I do not think it exists. But I think anyone who uses the technique of fear of torture to not let you judge him seems like the worst kind of evil to me."Thats a response I got asking that question.But I also like a christian response.
It's not the bible that holds people back from growth. What holds humanity back from growth is the mindset that some questions are unanswerable, or that some answers are unquestionable. In the first case, it hinders humanity because it stops people from looking for those answers. If you already believe the question cannot be answered, looking cannot be fruitful. Why try to figure out what causes earthquakes if you believe that question can't be answered? In the second case, it hinders humanity because it stops people from looking for real answers. If you believe the sun goes around the Earth, then learning otherwise makes you a danger to the powers that be, as Galileo learned all too well. If religion had its way, we would still be in the Dark Ages, which is when Christianity (a religion) had its way.
I would like to bring up a point I have experienced from Christians I have encountered. I cannot say what percentage has this view but I have heard some say "we shouldn't waste time and money on the space program because A) we have plenty of problems right here on earth (I can sympathize with this but this is a logical argument) and B) God is coming soon to retrieve the faithful and to pass judgement on the non-believers.In the mind of a realist the last argument is most certainly not logical. Current science states that we have had mass extinction events in the past and will have one in the future. We as a species are unique in that we have the chance of prolonging our survival if we can get off this rock and on to other places.The idea that God won't let his faithfull die of the natural causes that has killed 99.9% of every species that has ever lived is lazy at best and dangerous at worst.If 1/3 of the world is Christian and most believe that God is coming soon then I see that as a large potential that is not only being unused but also could be opposing what might possibly help the human race onward. I'm not going to assert that all 2+billion christians aren't contributing to our space race but if the idea is prevalent.....Just s thought that is related to our science where religion is involved.