Following just a couple of thoughts putted down.
Have you ever think why the techno-scientific progress is begun in the '700? In my opinion, is about to that century that the Middle Ages is dead.
Think to Galilei:
His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.
Has been suspected and of heresy and condamned by Roman Inquisition.
Think to Giordano Bruno:
His cosmological theories went beyond the Copernican model in proposing that the Sun was essentially a star, and moreover, that the universe contained an infinite number of inhabited worlds populated by other intelligent beings.
Roman Inquisition hit too him.
Religions are way to give a reason to live to poor, ignorant or sick people making them guess to another life after their's. How many problems and principles are been explained using a sentence like "Is the will of God"?.
And, obviously, upon religions are born organizations in which circulate i-dont-wanna-know-how-many moneys.
Religions cannot approve the progress, because would only lead to their self-destruction.
Today societies where religions push a very influence are the most regressed, because people have a very closed mind.
Year after year, generation after generation, seems that the attachment to religions in Europe, Japan, Korea and USA is every more weak, and we can see it seeing how almost every month there is a revolution in the our world (thanks to researcher, industries, but even indies etc.).
I have more and more things to write over here. Soon, maybe.