And unlike Catholicism, which takes its cues from the Vatican, there is no central church in Islam and thus no “official” position on scientific controversies such as evolution or cloning. With no central authority to challenge, there has been no Islamic equivalent of the Protestant Reformation, which helped undercut the Vatican’s authority over all kinds of intellectual inquiry, including science.

Does Islam Stand Against Science? – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Really curious read. The quote here suggests that having a backward authority figure is good for progress because it gives people a focal point against which to rebel. Seems logical but a little disturbing. Do we have to be repressed to see what we’re missing?

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