I love how, all of a sudden, it’s referred to as the “Christian” Dark Ages. Way to confuse the hero with the villain there, scholar. I have to admit, I am physically incapable of the facepalm required in order to do justice to this. Wait…
Not only does this graph credit Christianity with the scientific repression occurring during the period of the Dark Ages; it actually, in a similarly generous fashion, and (I’m sure) on a completely unrelated note, extends this period of purely Christian barbarism by an extra 400-odd years; you know, just for good measure, because those Christians really hated science. I mean, it’s not like the Church rescued Europe from the Dark Ages or anything. It’s not like She invented the scientific method, or the university system. “CHURCH SMASH!” Yea, let’s go with that.
Oh dear… It appears you’ve upset the fat man.
“The idea that Christianity belongs to the Dark Ages [!]. Here I did not satisfy myself with reading modern generalisations; I read a little history. And in history I found that Christianity, so far from belonging to the Dark Ages, was the one path across the Dark Ages that was not dark. It was a shining bridge connecting two shining civilisations. If anyone says that the faith arose in ignorance and savagery the answer is simple: it didn’t. It arose in the Mediterranean civilisation in the full summer of the Roman Empire. The world was swarming with sceptics, and pantheism was as plain as the sun when Constantine nailed the cross to the mast. It is perfectly true that afterwards the ship sank; but it is far more extraordinary that the ship came up again: repainted and glittering, with the cross still at the top. This is the amazing thing the religion did: it turned a sunken ship into a submarine. The ark lived under the load of waters; after being buried under the debris of dynasties and clans, we arose and remembered Rome. If our faith had been a mere fad of the fading empire, fad would have followed fad in the twilight, and if the civilisation ever re-emerged (and many such have never re-emerged) it would have been under some new barbaric flag. But the Christian Church was the last life of the old society and was also the first life of the new. She took the people who were forgetting how to make an arch and she taught them to invent the Gothic arch. In a word, the most absurd thing that could be said of the Church is the thing we have all heard said of it. How can we say that the Church wishes to bring us back into the Dark Ages? The Church was the only thing that ever brought us out of them.” – G.K Chesterton