The Dark Ages had everything to do with the plague (164 AD) and massive barbarian invasions spanning from the late 100s AD to 476AD(when Rome fell). The fall of Rome caused, by Arian(a hertical non-Christian, having anti-Nicean doctrine, sect) hordes, spurred the Dark Ages. Christianity coincidentally happened to be the dominant religion of the Empire at the time.
Sidenote: Huns were pagans and dabbled in Atheism(not arians), unlike their companions-in-destruction the Vandals, Visigoths, Goths, Ostrogoths(all Arians), Saxons, Jutes, Angles, Celts(all pagan), and Arabs(Zoarastorians).
Critical observers will note that the Catholic Church also spurred the ‘Peace of God and Heresy’ during the Dark Ages to scale-down the level of Feudal warfare and the amount of divisiveness and horror it was causing among the peoples of Europe. These same observers will note that Christianity/the Catholic Chrurch(which was straying further and further from what it actually is at this time) hadn’t much involement in the wars of Europe, or atrocities thereof, at this time. No crusade or large scale pogroms had yet taken place.
Therefore, I conclude that the above poster, with all due respect towards it’s author, makes an arrogant and uneducated statement in saying that “…we could have been exploring the galaxy by now”. The course of History would have not strayed far from it’s current course during the dark ages as the Western Roman Empire, Christian or not, was already weakened prior and was not able to preserve itself(or civilization in that region of Europe) in the midst of a slew of crisis.
That bring us to what is a Christian. I say that Crusaders, most of the popes, and Fundamentalists are not Christians. Now I’m not saying that they are all going to hell(thats God’s place, not muine), but I can say that they do not reflect Christs love in much of what they do.
To establish what Christians are we must look at Scripture:
- (Matt. 26:33-40) Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- (Matt 6:19) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
- (1 John 4:)“ Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
- Matt. (18:21-22) “Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.’ “
- (Matt 7:1) “Judge not, lest you be judged.”
too knowing that God’s love will forgive them(though they will have to deal with the consequences of their actions on Earth).
This establishes a simple, biblical criteria for what a Christian is and must challenge the idea of a biggoted, uneducated hate-mongerer as being the stereotype for Christians.