This was borrowed from another thread, but I believe it deserves its own thread. What technological advancements have come about because of religion? Here are just a few: 1. Did religion put Man on the Moon? Yes. The physics that NASA used during the Apollo program was initially developed by Muslim scientists studying in Islamic Schools, funded by clerics, during the Middle Ages. In particular, Ibn al-Haytham is the father of modern optics. Thank him the next time you put on a pair of glasses. 2. Did religion bring us modern farming? Yes. All of the benefits gained by modern GMO's can be traced back to Fr. Gregor Mendel, a Catholic priest who single-handedly invented the field of genetics. Without the Church's support of Mendel, genetics would've been set back a century or more. 3. Did religion ever restore a lost leg? Yes. The Ancient Egyptians pioneered the field of medicine and the study of human body. While developing better methods for embalming corpses for the afterlife, they learned far more about the human body than any other civilization, at the time. Next time you break your leg, remember that bone-setting was developed because of an irrational belief in a physical afterlife. Even if you are not a believer, you should recognize the important role religion has played in our development as a species.