(Original post by Thebigfudge85)
I have actually read that book, It was quite a tome but I enjoyed it a lot, In essence I agree with pretty much everything you said in your post. Science has been stiffled by religion however that doesnt change the fact that the first hospitals in the west were established by religion, same with Charity and social aid, A lot has been done mathematically by religious people in a religious culture ( newton for one) there. There is no black and white
I dont think that you can only gain morals through the Bible, i don't think you need the Bible to be moral, I just feel that there are a few very good moral examples, Self sacrifice for the good of man in the case of Jesus , sticking to your guns and fighting for yourself in the case of Moses. Bravery for a cause in the case of Daniel. Fighting for what you believe even if the odds are greater than you could handle ( David and Goliath) etc.
hundreds of thousands of paid man hours, of people earning a wage and jobs you could argue .... which are always good