Odds and Ends
What comes around goes around
10 7, 3:04pm
That's ... not entirely accurite.
During the European Middle Ages only the clergy and (sometimes) the nobility knew how to read or write. Neither men nor women were literate for the most part, but there was nothing stopping a noblewoman from learning how to read or write.
"Religion makes people stupid" doesn't make any sense considering all the evidence to the contrary. In the middle ages, with the Roman Empire gone, the only people writing anything down or making copies of existent manuscripts were Monks. Even today Religious Institutions run a number of educational institutions which produce intelligent people.
Religion and philosophy exist to answer a seemingly unanswerable question - why are we here? Science and hard numbers can answer the how, but not the why.