Not the Dark Ages

“You may have heard the Middle Ages called ‘the Dark Ages.’  Don’t believe it.  There were indeed a few ‘dark’ centuries after the collapse of Roman civilization in Europe.  However, a new Christian civilization rose to take its place, with a powerful intellectual culture of its own centered in the leading monasteries and universities.”  J. Budziszewski, Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law, 53-54.  (For a brief explanation of my view on natural law, read my post A Bunch of Knaves Ruling a Rabble?.)