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This is a common argument used by atheists. It goes like this: The Catholic Church = Christian Religion = Biblical Thought. Nothing could be further from the truth. The dark ages were the peak of the Catholic Church, not of the Christian Religion. The Catholic Church at that time and for many centuries did everything it could to keep people away from the bible because it had veered so very far away from it. If it had not, it could never have attained such worldly power.
The Renaissance and Enlightenment were preceded by the Reformation, which was a recovery and return to the bible. It was when people were emboldened to read the bible and interpret it themselves that they also became bold to think freely for themselves as well.
I do not concur with the basic argument here that God and the bible are against science and against scientific progress because the Catholic church was.
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