Creationism, Minus a Young Earth, Emerges in the Islamic World

Kenneth Chang writes in the New York Times:

AMHERST, Mass. — Creationism is growing in the Muslim world, from Turkey to Pakistan to Indonesia, international academics said last month as they gathered here to discuss the topic.

But, they said, young-Earth creationists, who believe God created the universe, Earth and life just a few thousand years ago, are rare, if not nonexistent.

One reason is that although the Koran, the holy text of Islam, says the universe was created in six days, the next line adds that a day, in this instance, is metaphorical: “a thousand years of your reckoning.”

By contrast, some Christian creationists find in the Bible a strict chronology that requires a 6,000-year-old Earth and thus object not only to evolution but also to much of modern geology and cosmology, which say the Earth and the universe are billions of years old.

“Views of scientific evolution are clearly influenced by underlying religious beliefs,” said Salman Hameed, who convened the two-day conference here at Hampshire College, where he is a professor of integrated science and humanities. “There is no young-Earth creationism.”

But that does not mean that all of evolution fits Islam or that all Muslims happily accept the findings of modern biology. More and more seem to be joining the ranks of the so-called old-Earth creationists. They do not quarrel with astronomers and geologists, just biologists, insisting that life is the creation of God, not the happenstance consequence of random occurrences…

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  • Skepticalhippo

    This is from the New York Times?? The guy must been hung over and had some editor tell him he needed a piece on Islam asap or something. This is a mess. It should be noted that both The Bible and The Koran state that God (Allah) created the Earth in six days and go on to state that for the supreme being a day could be a thousand years or more. The point of this article seems to be that only recently has the idea of an older than 6,000 year old Earth existed in Islam and that because of differences in faith Christian fundamentalists have to believe the Earth is 6,000 years old. Both of which are wrong. Christians, Muslims, and Jews are all of the same religion no matter what they might say, I wish we could accept that and get past it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/NaomiChambers Naomi Chambers

    When I have debated Muslims, I noticed a few things

    1. The Quran groups people as Muslims, Jews, Christians and Mushricks. A mushrick is a polytheist. Muslims do not believe atheists exist, because the Quran does not mention atheists, the Quran mentions mushriks. They insist atheists worship energy, worship the universe, worship memes, or worship themselves. Muslims deny the existence of atheists. Just go to google and do a seach “Atheists are polytheists”

    2. When I finally get a Muslim to understand that atheists do exist, they regurgitate the same old Christian propaganda (every painting must have a painter) (how could something come out of nothing) bla bla bla

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/NaomiChambers Naomi Chambers

    When I have debated Muslims, I noticed a few things

    1. The Quran groups people as Muslims, Jews, Christians and Mushricks. A mushrick is a polytheist. Muslims do not believe atheists exist, because the Quran does not mention atheists, the Quran mentions mushriks. They insist atheists worship energy, worship the universe, worship memes, or worship themselves. Muslims deny the existence of atheists. Just go to google and do a seach “Atheists are polytheists”

    2. When I finally get a Muslim to understand that atheists do exist, they regurgitate the same old Christian propaganda (every painting must have a painter) (how could something come out of nothing) bla bla bla

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