Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2012 23:07 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Two weeks ago, my grandmother passed away - the last grandparent I had left. As those of you with experience in dealing with deceased family members know, the funeral is only the start; the next part is taking care of the deceased's affairs, which includes going through all their belongings to determine what to do with them. I took care of my grandmother's extensive book collection, and while doing so, I hit something that fascinated me to no end: a six-volume Christian Encyclopaedia from 1956. In it, I found something I just had to share with OSNews.
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"Well all this science vs religion nonsense is a new thing. Gregor Mendel for example was monk and even though we Charles Darwin is the father of the evolution theory Mendel discovered how inheritance works and described it in great detail.

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Nice example. Thanks!

And also think that for most of the time monks were the scientists. They were the ones able to read, the ones that cared about books, had libraries and even did math.

Philosophy and I am not talking about the "moral of the bible" (if you can call it like that) is also something that's heavily related to religious people in past time. There were witch burnings and book burnings (even though they cared for libraries) and lots of bad things, but these were things that usually have been done by people that had a grief for power and not by monks for example. One simply has to distinguish between believers and people that are like (or even are) populist and corrupt politicians. Acting like every priest is a rapist, hates women/homosexuals and just is out for the money is like saying every German is a Nazi, every mathematician is a pale, emotionless, asocial outsider, every American is gun fanatic, arch conservative, war loving capitalist with tons of American flags or every black person is a drug dealer. It's simply far from true.

What's really bad, no matter what is when people blindly follow someone. That does never work out in a good way, but happens everywhere. Religion caused people to do the right thing just like it caused people to do the exact opposite. I mean there are people questioning the church (which also isn't that big evil thing), because they actually read the bible and thought about their religion. People did a lot of stupid things in the name of freedom, democracy and many other things, but hey that's what people sometimes to. Doing shit and learning from it is what brought us this far and it's what scientific research is mostly based on.

Oh and if someone is wrong it doesn't mean you are right. Maybe it's also just becoming aware of being wrong most of the time. At least I am, so please folks don't burn me if I am again. ;)

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