'AS SCIENCE ADVANCES, THE IMPORTANCE OF RELIGION DECLINES.' TO WHAT EXTENT IS THIS AN ACCURATE
Students of history would be aware that during the time known as the dark ages, religion ruled supreme in Europe. In fact it was tyrannical and put to death - after frightful torture - anyone who questioned the teachings of religion. The most number of casualties of the period were from the scientists. Even famed scientists like Galileo were victims of the dreaded Inquisition. It was an uphill task for scientists to continue with their researches. Scientists - in fact intellectuals of any subject - lived in fear of religion. Realising that knowledge was power, the kings and lords of the times supported religion in its suppression of science. Hence scientists had to hide their knowledge and experiments.
Then came the decline of religion, owing to several reasons. Men became more adventurous and daring and slowly began to release themselves from the grip of the vice of religion. Then began the march in the opposite direction. People, now leaned in the direction that religion was all 'nonsense'. Hence we see that the church was questioned when Darwin published his 'Origin of Species'. As it came to be more or less reasoned that man did not come to be born as described in the bible, people began to question the validity of the bible itself. Though Christianity and the bible are used as examples here, the same has happened to other religions as well. As people became more inclined towards science, they went away from religion.
Upon being installed to a respectable status, science progressed in leaps and bounds and within just a couple of centuries established itself as being the last word on what are truths and what not. What has happened since then is that - as could be expected - science has dethroned religion. However, it is regrettable that in many cases, the baby has been thrown out with the bath water. In their effort to be scientific, many...
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