I’m going to be reading “The Creation of the Universe” by Adnan Oktar (under the pen name of Harun Yahya). The Introduction is called “The Scientific Collapse of Materialism”.
This is part of a series about the book “The Creation of the Universe” by Adnan Oktar. View Part 1.
This is part of a series about the book “The Creation of the Universe” by Adnan Oktar. View Part 1 and Part 2.
I’ve started listening to the Quran. Quran means recitation and was originally transmitted orally until it was written down after the death of Muhammad, so it is apparently better to hear it than to read it. Muslims believe that the Quran was dictated to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel and was then memorized and recited to others. Of course, Muslims believe it can only be properly appreciated in Arabic, so listening to it in English is not really the same, but hopefully I can understand the general meaning.
This is also quite a long one. The first verse is “Alim. Lam. Mim”, which are basically 3 arabic letters. This seems to be quite a common pattern for the first verse, however, nobody actually knows what they mean.
When I was writing about the Muslim apologetics, pretty much all the arguments kept coming back to the fine tuning argument. Basically, this argument says that if some fundamental parameters of the universe were different, the world wouldn't look the way it does and we would not exist in our current forms. Creationists extrapolate from that to the idea that therefore the parameters must have been specifically set that way by some intelligent, conscious entity in order to generate a universe that can house us. Then they generally then make a wild leap to assuming that this hypothesised intelligent, conscious entity still watches us, meddles in the world, wants a relationship with us and cares deeply about how and when we have sex.