> I agree that the influence of the book wasn't all bad, but I claim the influence of the book did much more bad than good. The so-called "influence on Western civilization" is little more than holding it back.
I am approximately the least religious person you'd be able to find, and I disagree. Western civilization may not have ever progressed to the point that it's in without the influence of the bible. The reason for this is the belief that god has laid down the physical laws of the universe as immutable things. If you believe that at any moment, the spirit of a rock might decide to change itself into something else, or that your god will decide to change the color of the sky, you're going to have a hard time conceptualizing the rules that govern the universe.
As to whether it's holding it back *now*, I might tend to agree.