Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Faith, science and nature’s mysteries

Faith, science and nature’s mysteries
(Daily Press)
Biological evolution is the foundation on which all of the modern life sciences are built, the culmination of a revolutionary century of exploration, rigorous testing and synthesis. It is regarded by essentially all practicing biologists as the most fundamental, internally consistent and empirically well-supported body of explanation in the history of the life sciences.

Importantly, many world religions have also recognized this and issued formal statements supporting the validity of evolution. These include the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran World Federation, the United Methodist Church, the United Presbyterian Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the American Jewish Congress, the Unitarian Universalist Association and others.

It’s no surprise Islam doesn’t recognize evolution, owing to its unbending adherence to Qur’anic literalness and inerrancy, the book purportedly being the unchanged word of God (Allah). If at all in the future, fundamentalist Muslims do decide to grudgingly espouse the fact of evolution, I’m sure they’ll assert it was mentioned in the Qur’an all along. In fact, some are already claiming it to be so.

This is possible by the sheer Nostradamic nature of Qur’an interpretations, enabling Islamic apologists to squeeze in anything and everything modern science discovers/invents into its 6200 odd verses, with the caveat: “Note that any translation of the Qur’an immediately ceases to be the literal word of Allah, and hence cannot be equated with the Qur’an in its original Arabic form.”

Of course, the sagacious Hindus were well ahead of the curve in matters evolutionary.

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