"For ten centuries Christianity, armed with the omnipotence of the Church
and State and opposed by no competition, was able to deprave, debase, and
falsify the mind of Europe. It had no competitors, because outside the
Church there was neither thinkers nor educated persons. It along taught,
it alone spoke and wrote, it alone taught."
[Mikhail Bakunin, "Church and State", 1872, p. 78]