You said all that stuff about "what people thought about science then" (never providing PROOF mind you) but you still have NO explanation why such a "flawed" work as you called it was a BEST SELLER!!!
Can you explain that away....???
I would think by the way the conservative movement talks about "family values" and putting God back the Pledge (and otherwise getting back to the religious Judeo-Christian roots of "this" nation) that your idea that SCIENCE TRUMPED RELIGION is backwards. That might be true of today but I think most people would typify earlier times when racist doctrines were "first" spread that they did it by religion... That's exactly why most intelligent/learned people recognize that Christianity was FORCED on Africans... It was used exactly as the that kind of instrument.