The Church, The Dark Ages, Chemistry and Vitalism
You remember watching the old movies where religious figureheads crown kings? This is what actually occurred. The Church, behaving in a manner contrary to the early teachings of Christianity, acted as a kind of consort of kings, gaining great power and bringing in the Dark Ages. The effects were much more far-reaching than most of us realize, even changing the thinking of scientists. That changed thinking, believe it or not, goes on still.
That's why I wrote an article -- a science article, not a religious one at heart -- on the effect religion has had on astronomers, chemists, and others. You might enjoy it if you have a technical mind: Organic Compounds, Life, and Vitalism . If you do read it, please let me know what you think. I am interested in your opinion. Science is near and dear to me, but it is most decidedly not without its flaws.
Image Credit » Alchemist by Joseph Wright (cropped) - PD Wikimedia Commons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alchemy#mediaviewer/File:JosephWright-Alchemist-1.jpg