Darwinian Evolution: Islam or Christianity?

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It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. [Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason]

Evolution and Biology: A cross for Christianity:

The field of biology has struck a fatal blow to the concept of Trinity and other dogmas in Christianity on several counts. Firstly, there is the fundamental principle in biology “Like begets like,” which clearly refutes the concept of son ship of God. In the Holy Quran it is expressed in the words, “How can Allah have a son when He has no consort?” (Al Quran 6:102) Man’s genetic code is made of 46 chromosomes and God is transcendent and beyond time, space and matter.
Secondly, the concept of Original Sin is completely incompatible with the fundamental laws of bio logy including the principles of gene inheritance and the facts supporting the theory of evolution.

http://www.alislam.org/egazette/eGazette-Nov2008.pdf


 

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  1. ziahshah

    Sir David Attenborough’s view on Science & Religion
    Here is a short clip of an interview of Attenborough:

    He makes some good observations about the nature and then raises a question. The issue raised in this clip is the question of suffering in our world. This question is very well answered in a chapter of ‘Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge and Truth.’ The chapter is titled,’the question of suffering.’

    http://www.alislam.org/library/books/revelation/index.html

  2. reyjacobs

    “Firstly, there is the fundamental principle in biology ‘Like begets like,’ which clearly refutes the concept of son ship of God.”

    Christians don’t think of God as subject to “biology” since biology only relates to created life.

    “In the Holy Quran it is expressed in the words, “How can Allah have a son when He has no consort?” (Al Quran 6:102)”

    Most Christians wouldn’t make this argument, but I might: The Bible says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27) If God created mankind in his own image, and also created them male and female, doesn’t it kind of imply God does have a female consort? If I were God, the first thing I would create is a woman for myself (and I wager if you were God you would too!!). And behold in Proverbs 8 “[1] Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?…[22] The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. [23] I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. [24] When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water….[27] When he prepared the heavens, I was there…[30] Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;…[35]..whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. [36] But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” — of course Christians tend to read this as mere personification of the concept of Wisdom but it can also be read as if the first thing God created was a wife for himself. The obvious question is, if this is not the case, then why when God Made man in his image did he “make them male and female”? Trinitarian Christians surely have a problem in that they make God 3 persons, all male. But Islam may also have a problem in declaring God a lonely old bachelor.

  3. ziahshah

    As Christians believe Jesus Christ to be perfect man and fully divine and others know him as a Jewish man in the first century Nazareth and then Jerusalem, he is subject to laws of biology.

    For the rest of the above comment, all I want to say is that the Christian obsession with the person of Jesus of Nazareth and their attempt to make him into a man-god leads us from one convoluted idea to another, until there is total chaos in human reasoning and rationality. This is why Soren Kierkgaard suggested as he confessed, the quagmire between Christianity and rationality, in no uncertain terms:

    It is not the business of any Christian writer or preacher to dilute Christianity to suit the general educated public. The doctrine of the incarnation was to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, and so will it always be, for the doctrine not only transcends reason; it the paradox par excellence; and it can be affirmed only by faith, with passionate inwardness and interest. The substitution of reason for faith means the death of Christianity.

  4. Nasr

    when God speaks, God use We/I/Us/Me, but one can NEVER find verses referring to God as “They/Their”.

    Then God said, “Let Us make man ‘in Our image, according to Our likeness’; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

    God was speaking with majestic authority thus using Us/Our in Gen1:26.

    God said clearly “in Our Image according to Our likeness” referring to mankind becoming rulers and creators on earth. Not by any means using the physical of God to create shape of man and female, but rather figure-like to that of God having dominance over universe, but for mankind they having dominance over other living creature on earth.

    (followed by singular third person verse) And God created man ‘in His (notice verse do Not use THEIR) own image, in the image of God’ created He him; male and female created He them. Genesis 1:27

    And if we use Pauline-Christian logic. Who’s image was the verse referring to? Father? As Christians should know that Word and Spirit do not have image.
    Do Christians believe Father/Word/Holy Spirit have image or all three were imageless?

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