Monday, May 09, 2005

Darwin’s Lament

Darwin’s Lament
(Democratic Underground)
So, today, Darwin is once again on trial. Who cares if the human genome project has shown that humans and chimpanzees have 98.4% of their genes in common? Who cares if increasingly accurate radiological dating techniques put the age of the earth at about 4.5 billion years old? Who cares if the human limbic system resembles, in structure and function, that of a reptile brain?

Who cares? The true believers. The born-again Christians who see metaphorical, best-guesses of the ancients’ stories in the Bible as the literal truth, and their political friends who want to make political hay while riding the crest of this fervent minority’s beliefs.

Don’t be so exclusive. True believers abound. In fact, they are the majority.

From Islam and Evolution
As for claim that man has evolved from a non-human species, this is unbelief (kufr) no matter if we ascribe the process to Allah or to “nature,” because it negates the truth of Adam’s special creation that Allah has revealed in the Qur’an. Man is of special origin, attested to not only by revelation, but also by the divine secret within him, the capacity for ma’rifa or knowledge of the Divine that he alone of all things possesses. By his God-given nature, man stands before a door opening onto infinitude that no other creature in the universe can aspire to. Man is something else.

And woman, something totally else.

And now, a li’l comic relief:
My question to all of the Darwinists out there is: If your belief is true, then how come humans didn’t develop into something more intelligent and physically different than us today?

Wow, I’m stumped.

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