Superstition & magic in medieval Europe


Superstition & magic in medieval Europe

Medieval Medicine: The Dark Ages

By Albert S. Lyons | Medical History

“The Fall of Rome to the Goths in 476 and the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Turks are often cited as marking the beginning and end of the Middle Ages. The common characterization of this period as the "Age of Faith" reflects a dramatic loss of confidence in the individual, but ultimately it does not provide an understanding of why man felt no longer capable of learning from his own observations and took life 'on faith.' 

“St. Benedict of Nursia encouraged the care of the sick in the statutes founding his order at the monastery of Monte Cassino on the site of an ancient temple of Apollo. However, because the cure of disease was possible only through prayer and divine intervention, St. Benedict forbade the study of medicine. Thus, the Healing Mission of Christ was institutionalized in a fashion that was to control medical care almost completely for the next five hundred years.”

~ Albert S Lyons 


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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2012 at 2:30am

I think I am finally finding out how to use Atheist Nexus and am having a lot of fun developing ideas. The more we understand the role of religion in stopping and inhibiting knowledge of all kinds, the better we will be able to stand against dumbing down of the population. Interference of critical thinking occurred in the Muslim religion too, and they have not recovered yet. At one time, they were the great inventors, mathematicians, scientists; that all stopped by religious dogma. We have to remember our history or we will surely not reach human potential. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2012 at 12:41am
What a neat group! You have all sorts of interesting groups Joan!

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