Great presentation in my Econ class today!
So I did a presentation on the Scientific revolution that covers a time frame of basically 1580-1720. The professor told me he thought I did a really great job showing how this revolution affected people. A huge part of this time was the separation of science, religion and philosophy and how philosophers and scientists like Bacon, Descartes, Galileo were undermining what the Catholic church taught. Well one of my lines was "The most horrible part about religion is that it has the ability to control people more powerfully than any other force known to man." They believed that the world would not be explained through religion, but by science. They weren't pagans or atheists either, most saw their work as explaining more about what God created!
Here I am talking about a revolution of not only science but of thought and experimentation.
Its then pretty ironic that I actually had a guy come up to me before class after I had passed out printed copies of my slides who said he was "offended by what I am saying and hope he means of religion then and not today".
I answered him with a question by saying " are people today still using religion as an excuse to wage war, promote intolerance, and convince others that only their views are right?"
I think he got even more offended by some of the stuff I talked about as the presentation went on because he spoke with the professor for 10 minutes outside after the rest of class had left!