I recently read an insightful article on Science and the Church by a brilliant Norwegian and fellow defender of the faith. Here is how his blog starts:
Some time ago, I had a discussion with a friend who claimed that “the Church has always oppressed science,” and that it didn’t accept evolution before 1996. This is wrong, and that’s what I want to address now.
The claim is that “the Church has always oppressed science.” When I asked for any sources for this, he asked me if I had read any history. I said that I had, but that that was not the issue. He couldn’t give me any real sources, and the reason is this; the Church has never been a oppressor of science.
To read his whole article, click here.