Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Islam and Evolution

A muslim ponders whether evolution is compatible with Islam. Interesting:

Equipped with irrefutable facts, I now began to devour works by evolutionary biologists, including Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould confident that I could demolish the false claims of neo-Darwinism, alternatively known as the modern synthesis (the fusion of Darwinian natural selection and Mendelian genetics). Of course, I could not. Dawkins' work was forcefully argued and took no prisoners from the creationist camp; however, I did find his militant atheism quite off-putting (Madeleine Bunting was right in my view in arguing that Dawkins' approach unwittingly plays into the hands of creationists).
I am not suprised that he, as a Muslim, is offended by Dawkin's atheism. It is notable though that this guy actually is open minded enough to follow the arguments and accept evolution:
Otherwise, much like those women from certain Gulf countries who cast off their burqas as soon as they set foot on a plane to go overseas, it is quite possible that many Muslim students may come to wrongly blame Islam, rather than the ill-informed interpretation of the Qur'an by some Muslims, for denying the fact - not theory - of biological evolution.

Via Gene Expression.


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