Saturday, December 12, 2015

God, Science, Islam, and Atheism

One of the most popular arguments for Islam is the "Argument from Scientific Accuracy," which asserts that Islam must be true because the Qur'an contains numerous scientific insights that couldn't have been known during Muhammad's time. Those who have read the Qur'an, of course, know that it is a scientific catastrophe. The Qur'an claims that the sun sets in a muddy pool (18:86), that semen is formed between the backbone and ribs (86:6-7), that the earth is flat (88:20), that there are seven earths (65:12), that the sun orbits the earth (36:38-40), that human embryos are blood-clots (22:5), that the sky would fall on the earth if Allah didn't hold it up (22:65), and that stars are missiles that Allah uses to shoot demons who try to sneak into heaven (37:6-10; 67:5).

A less obvious problem for the Muslim argument is that science has been smothered in Islamic countries. While individual Muslims have made scientific progress (there were brilliant medieval Muslim doctors and engineers, for instance), Islamic civilization has never come close to experiencing what we might call a "scientific revolution." This would be an odd fact if the Qur'an were a book full of scientific insights that couldn't be verified until centuries later.

The reality is that the scientific revolution occurred among people who believed that they were created in the image of God and that they could therefore understand God's creation. This belief doesn't exist in Islam. That's why science exploded in the Christian West.


Unknown said...

Only low level of thinker like OSAMA ABDALLAH would say Quran a glorious scientifically miraculous book. Whereas, Quran itself has no scientific method of recording its content. There is no scientific evidence that Muhammad’s Allah wrote this book prior to sending to Muhammad. Allah did not keep any third person presence beside Muhammad while reveal Quran. This is catch 22 for Muhammad to make believe ABDALLAH to believe QURAN IS BOOK FROM ALLAH. There is no scientific evidence that all content of Quran came out of Muhammad. The book was printed after death of Muhammad. We know GIGO (garbage in garbage out). Quran is that book which creates bunch of terrorists in course of historical time that leads world’s terrorization killing innocent people since Muhammad came. World knows today that few thousands terrorists frustrating super powers like America, UK, Russia and controlling the 1.6 billion Muslims branded them as terrorist religion, but they cannot contained ISIS. That is the credit of QURAN. Will you say Quran is a book from Almighty God, by this credit????

traeh said...

Did you create this video David Wood? It's brilliant.

David Wood said...


Unknown said...

Very good David. I'm a huge fan of your work. Keep it up!

Unknown said...

Wonderful video, Thank you.
Please may I ask two questions regarding the "72 virgins" we hear so much about?
1. Where does the concept come from?
2. What is it's ( traditional or scriptural) justification?
Kind regards

traeh said...

Tim Knight,
Maybe this will help -- video by David Wood, "Did Muhammad Promise Raisins or Virgins?"

Dacritic said...

Traeh, I watched that video. Was seriously LOL. Irshad Manji has...a lot of funny ideas about Islam, let's just put it this way. This is a Muslim who said it is not necessary for Muslims to believe that Muhammad was a prophet to be a Muslim. ( Er... Miss Manji, you've heard of the Syahada, haven't you? Therefore, syllogistically,

1. The Bible claims Jesus as the last prophet, messenger, saviour to mankind.
2. Islam claims Muhammad as the last prophet, messenger to mankind.
3. Islam (Muhammad) claims the Bible's views about Jesus being the Son of God and God himself is wrong.

Since Miss Manji says it is not necessary for Muslims to believe that Muhammad was a prophet, therefore it is not important for Muslims to adhere to Muhammad's "updated" message, but they can continue to go with the Christian message that Jesus is God, as per premises 1 and 2. Therefore according to Miss Manji, there are Muslims who could in actual fact, be Christians in disguise.

Wonderful. And now this raisin stuff? Muhammad, for all his faults, was at least making better sense here by saying these "full-breasted, luscious eyes, bashful, female" individuals here are virgins.

Angelo Immanuel said...

I am a former Atheist like brother David wood.

Unknown said...

Islam was actually the source of one philosophy which denied cause and effect. That is perhaps the most telling sign of intellectual inferiority to be found in the scientific mind.

Dr. Bill Warner, a physicist who specializes in integrated circuits at Princeton, has a whole series of videos about islam, and with your permission, I'll post one of the links to his youtube series here.