Western Europe was Taoist? Xian funded the early scientists?<quoted text>
I've been avoiding this thread for a while because it is frustrating talking to people who are not interested in having a rational discussion. But sometimes these types of posts just go so far into fantasy its hard to ignore them.
Ok, so yes, in the past it was primarily Xian organizations that provided the funding and resources for early scientists and other thinkers. St. Thomas Aquinas is a good example of a devout Xian man doing what was probably the best possible science of his time. Sir Isaac Newton, who laid the bedrock for physics, was a devout religious man. In fact, I think he actually spent most of his time trying to support a Xian view of the universe through science, if I'm remembering correctly.
At that time the Church ruled the Western world. If you were openly non-Xian they would lock you up or execute you. So pretty much everyone was Xian. If there was going to be ANY progress toward the naturalistic understanding of the world it would have to be done by Xians. Statistically this is necessary.
But there is nothing inherent to the theologies of Xianity to drive a religious person toward science. Aquinas did his work to examine the glory of the Creation. Newton did it for a similar reason. But these are not reasons that God gave. This is human curiosity at work. And as the years went by and the Church's power gave way to the power of industry you'll note that science progresses faster and faster and the people involved are less and less likely to claim they are doing it for the glory of God.
Xianity asks us to know God. It doesn't ask us to do anything else. Science asks us to know the universe and it does not include anything else. In religion, when we encounter a fact of the world that seems to contradict our understanding of God what do we do? We reject that fact. In science, when we encounter a fact that seems to contradict God what do we do? We follow the facts.
How are these two things compatible? You can be religious and scientific. But your religion almost certainly will not drive your science.
"Xianity asks us to know God." - so I take it you are Xian?
I never trust insider information about God and history.