[Q & A] Science in Religion Part I

Posted: April 16, 2011 in Islam, Q & A, Reasoning, Science

After my public denouncing of religion, I’m getting a lot of e-mails and messages from people; some are encouraging and supportive, whilst some are just attacks (“You’re an idiot.” said one random tweeter), and others are mainly people asking questions. It’s a major life changing decision I’ve taken to denounce my religion and become an atheist, people are naturally curious as to know why I’ve done it.
So these Q&A posts will contain the questions that I usually get along with my response. Most of these are just copy + paste from my replies, and as I also use my phone for sending messages, they may contain some spelling mistakes and grammatical errors due to the limiting keyboard of a touchscreen phone. So I hope those can be forgiven, but the content can be appreciated.

[Question] You do know a lot of the science can be found in the Quran?

[Answer] First let’s get the false pre-assumption out the way that Mecca at that time was completely ignorant of any knowledge. Mecca was a busy hub for trade and people from the surrounding countries did cross through it very regularly, and with them not only they brought spices and other goods to trade, but also ideas, known knowledge on science, myths and philosophies (mainly from Egyptian and Greek philosophers).

The science argument comes up time and again, and I disagree when people say there is science in the Quran. All the “scientific” claims made by the scriptures (all holy books from all religions, not just Quran) have been refuted and debunked many times; The flat earth, 5 stages of embryo development, the mountains preventing earthquakes, the water cycle, the 2 different waters not mixing, mention of an “atom”, the earth rotating around the sun, earth being round (like an ostriches egg), the list goes on and on..

All the above claims have been refuted many times conclusively by scientists. It is only recently when the Muslim scholars and religious apologists found themselves up against modern science trying to disapprove the holy scriptures, that they started to find meaning in the ambiguous verses and relating them to science.

Consider this.. there are accepted 6346 number of verses in the Quran, and from that, some have been used up to explain science. The others are just about history, the battles, and other non “science” things. Considering that some of these verses have been used to explain science only in the last 50 years, one wonders in 500 years time, when mankind has made so much advancement in science, will the religious apologetics still have enough verses left in the Quran to explain what we learn in 500 years time?? Gives you something to think doesn’t it 🙂

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