Kind of reminds you of Roman Catholicism before Gutenberg
I’m going to post what I had said on Robert’s blog a couple of years ago:
The myth of the dark ages has been repeatedly regurgitated by the Jew media to the point of it being accepted at face value by well meaning people. We’re told that after the roman empire collapsed Europe suddenly sank under the sea only to emerge during the Renaissance. This is nonsense. There was plenty of learning going on in Europe and while the Church stifled some of it, it sustained scholarship in other areas. When Cambridge was established by Henry III the pope blessed the institution with a Papal bull. Bishop Hugh Balsham founded Cambridge’s first college (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Cambridge). The University as we know it was shaped by the Catholic church even though the concept itself went back to Plato. Scholars believe that the modern graduate gown and cap have its roots in the middle ages. Where the Church went, literacy went. Christians were able to survive roman persecution precisely because they were the most literate sect in the empire. They were able to defeat other Christian sects (gnostics, Jewish Christians, Marconians ect) because they were highly literate and their literacy enabled them to challenge other doctrines while maintaining the integrity of their own. This love of literacy would eventually diffuse its way down to the general public.
In France, Charlemagne appealed to the Church for help in setting up free public education. Cathedrals had schools attached to them which taught students latin, rhetoric and logic. The University of Paris had a papal charter I believe as did a large number of medieval universities. So much for the church suppressing education. You will probably point out that there were no sciences being taught, but guess what? Even Abbasid schools dated to the same era taught grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Same curriculum as in Christendom. The Church also functioned as a well fare institution dispensing wealth to certain groups such as widows. This instilled a sense of common good in the European mind unlike India where caste made fraternity not only impossible, but also sinful.
In Eastern Europe, like the Russian city of Novgorod, literacy was quite high as commenter Wade pointed out last year. Scandinavia I believe standardized its alphabet so that the Bible could be translated and printed. The very concept of the masters degree was formulated by the Catholic church where one had the authority to teach anywhere in the world (ius ubique docendi). Clearly while the Church suppressed learning in some fields it also created the cultural infrastructure which buttressed higher forms of scholarship in the centuries to come. The Renaissance did not just come out of nowhere, it was the climax of centuries of intellectual and scholarly undercurrents that were alive in the middle ages. It is senseless to compartmentalize history by ignoring the thread of continuity.