Originally Posted by Ian Whates
The very idea that after civilisation's fall, humanity might claw its way back via records and artefacts stored by a religious movement rather than by government or scientists is a stroke of genius. . .
Isn't it very much a historical view of the decline of the Roman Empire transposed into the future? Monasteries were the repository of academia during the so-called Dark Ages. Monks not only kept academic knowledge, but taught it and also explored it. They became our scientists, our linguists, our historians, our teachers.
I think Mr. Miller was a student of history in this respect, and though clever enough to project the past onto the future, he wasn't genius to invent something from whole cloth which had never happened before.