I agree in full.I agree that it was (and is)a handy means to control people, but on top of that, I think it was also a crude attempt at filling gaps in knowledge.
For instance, the idea that the Earth is 6000 yrs old is utterly absurd to any rational person that faces facts and evidence.
To be fair, back then they would have had no means to measure the age of the earth, so they likely had a punt, and were about 4 billion years out.
You see - someone probably asked, and being that the early day religionists were delclaring that 'god' had all the answers, they took a guess, a wild one, probably thinking that people would never find out, one way or the other. And they were right. People of that day did not find out. Like I said, no means to do so. Since we have had the means to do so, we now know that the earth to be much older than their guess. We can evidence this.
Then we have this..
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.
— Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) Church Doctor and Inquisitor who, on biblical grounds, vehemently opposed the Copernican Theory and other forms of scientific scholarship
You know all those 'intelligent design' freaks that try to pass off pseudo science, as real science?
Shamefully, may I add, since they are simply misinforming their kids, and calling that education!
They fear real science.
And probably all those that have a £ on religion, they fear science too.
Organised religion has a long history of being anti science.
Same as the age of the earth, as science discovers more things, they have to amend their original claim, or forget it altogether.