When you pop out of nowhere to say someone is wrong and then leave, what are you trying to achieve? I'm interested in the psychology of that maneuver. Do you do that a lot? Does it make you feel empowered somehow? How would you react if someone rang your door and said "Hey, you're wrong, bye"? Are you an academic pedant who's annoyed I didn't write fifty footnoted paragraphs with every reservation possible in my comment, and therefore thinks I'm wrong because I simplified the dark ages into a single one, or are you a Jesus freak who can't take it if anyone refers to the glory days of Christianity as the dark ages? Or are you just your average Arab-hating republican scumbag who gets mad if anyone suggests Arabs helped getting the modern world started?+Kurt Wall
I was talking about the middle ages spanning a thousand years, not a few events in the middle of it. And I was talking about Christianity initiating the downfall of the Roman empire by getting itself installed as a obligatory mentality of defeat and self-pity, which in a couple of hundred years of degeneration allowed the barbarian hordes to take over Rome. Christianity then went on to firmly place Europe in the dark ages and actively kept it there by killing off any signs of progress. Yes, plagues and Mongols didn't help, not only were they disasters by themselves, they reinforced Christianity massively (God's punishment requires penance). The light, so to speak, was kept safe partially by Arab scholars (which was my original point), until it could be returned to initiate the Renaissance. That's a simplification, but it's not a speculative one. Munks also stored ancient text and duplicated them, but only to the extent they were compatible with Catholic dogma. If it had not been for Arab scholars, the renaissance and the age of enlightenment would've been delayed by centuries. I dumped 3 hours of BBC documentaries in a previous comment here for a reason. Consider them a gift, I could've said "you're wrong, bye" like +Alessio Sangalli
. I could also spent the rest of the night arguing my point referring to historical facts and whatnot, but then, I don't paint my walls with batshit.
For further study: http://www.molecularstation.com/molecular-biology-images/data/500/DarkAges.gif