I read a post that talked about how much the catholic church has been a friend to science and the arts and cited examples like the father of the big bang being a catholic priest and various catholics who have done good things. I had this to say:
Concluding that catholicism is good because look what good catholics have done over the centuries (ie the billions who lived under catholic rule or were catholic by default as a result of centuries of conquest and coercion) is kind of like saying white people are great because look at all the clever things ever done by white people. As if their being white somehow makes whiteness the cause of their great idea or achievement. It would make as much sense to list catholic mass-murderers and bigots and slave owners and serial killers and conclude catholicism is evil.
The time the catholic church reigned supreme is known as the dark ages, it is marked by virtually no social or technological advancement whatsoever and it lasted over 1500 years. And the period after it lost absolute power and fractured into a thousand shards is known as the enlightenment period and is marked by a massive surge in social and technological advancement. It took humans (under catholic reign) over 15 centuries to go from hand copied books to the printing press. Once catholicism was supplanted as a source of unquestionable moral and social authority it took us less than a single human lifetime to go from horse drawn carriages to landing on the frigging moon. And now forty years later I have a phone in my pocket that is a thousand times more powerful than all the hardware on that space capsule (and ground control) put together. One could argue that the catholic church overall did more holding back than pushing forward. A lot more. But look a catholic did a smart thing, hooray for catholicism.
I then felt a little bad for dumping on his post and added:
“Btw I’m sorry if I come off as a little rude, I just believe in historical context and don’t like cherry-picking.”
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