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In the Middle Ages theology was described as the 'Queen of the Sciences', that is, the highest and most authoritative form of knowledge. All rational enquiry had to conform to the canons of theological thought. The knowledge of God surpassed all other knowledge, and there was a sense in which all knowledge was subservient to the revealed truth of God, systematised by theologians and given the imprimatur of the Church. The religious view of the world dominated all thinking, and whenever there were clashes the religious view won the day.