Random Quote #76 topic: atheism, Wayne Aiken's atheism cookie file

"The Christian party asserted that all knowledge is to be found in the
Scriptures and in the traditions of the Church; that, in the written
revelation, God had not only given a criterion of truth, but had furnished
us all that he intended us to know. The Scriptures, therefore, contain the
sum, the end of all knowledge. The clergy, with the emperor at their back,
would endure no intellectual competition......The Church thus set herself
forth as the depository and arbiter of knowledge; she was ever ready to resort
to the civil power to compel obedience to her decisions. She thus took a
course which determined her whole future career: she became a stumbling-block
in the intellectual advancement of Europe for more than a thousand years."
[John William Draper, "History of the Conflict
between Science and Religion", Chapter II]


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