In preparing myself for Taner Edis’s presentation in two days (April 3rd, 7 pm in the Alderson theater), I’ve done some reading about Islamic perspectives on science.
It turns out that there’s a group in Turkey called Harun Yahya. They’ve worked with American creationists like Ken Ham and Duane Gish, but have really improved the arguments. If Ham and Gish are the Henry Ford’s of creationism, Harun Yahya is the Toyota, cheaper, higher quality, and more efficient. The fact of the matter is, I’m sold, and not just on creationism.
Part of what Harun Yahya has going for it is the way it integrates arguments not just from old-line creationist groups, but from more modern groups like the Discovery Institute. I heard former Harun Yahya writer Mustafa Akyol testify in favor of the Intelligent Design Network’s science standards a couple years ago, and found his presentation really compelling. The Muslim world hates us because of the MTV and its materialism. If being a creationist will appease Osama bin Laden, I’d better do what Akyol and Harun Yahya say.
As I’ve read more of their work, I find that the real strength of Harun Yahya’s argument is that it has such a strong foundation in the spiritual. Their arguments led me to see science differently, and to see religion differently. Did you know that the Quran predicted everything we have learned about embyrology, cosmology, and the atmosphere? Thanks to Harun Yahya and its arguments rooted in good old American creationism, I see that Islam is the one true faith.
Once I learned that they had given up on Holocaust denial, I knew that they wouldn’t lead me astray. Now they understand that the Holocaust happened because of Darwin, not because of evil German Nazis. Of course, they still think that Jews (and Masons) are responsible for the conspiracy that keeps evolution so popular. That’s why I’ve got to convert.
From now on, just call me Yunis Khan, the name assigned to me by the Arabic Name Generator. Has anyone got a Quran I can borrow, just until I get my own?
Update: I learned shocking new facts at midnight of April 2, and have had to rethink this post.