I'm going to take a break from relating my discussions with "Kevin" to examine this publication in detail over the next few posts.
Here's a flavour of the introduction:
"What would you do if a man in a pair of red underpants came knocking on your door saying that he’d come to read the gas meter?" See? You thought it was going to be scary stuff about burning in Hell for eternity if you don't believe, didn't you? Shucks, now that's old style dawah.
"Would you believe him without thinking and let him into your house? Just ‘have faith?’ Or would you think about the situation, ask some questions and apply reason?" Did you see what they did there?
"I’m pretty sure it’s the last one. Even if you told him to “Get lost you weirdo!”, you’d use reason, logic and common sense to make sense of the man in red underpants, just as we do for most things that happen in our lives" ... And that's what we're going to do here, iERA.
Let's start with a nice easy one from the section entitled "Amazing level of information"...
"Actually what is remarkable about the Quran is not only that it does not contain any contradictions (er, yes it does), but in fact it seems to be making statements about history, theology, philosophy, law and the natural world that defies a normal human explanation... OK, hit me with the best evidence you have, iERA...
"Science is a very fickle fellow. (Pass me a bucket...) Things which scientists all agree upon at one time are turned on their heads and are shown to be contradicted by observations at another time, so perhaps it’s not the best thing to judge a book by. Still, there are some things that seem to have been observed so often and so much that it becomes some sort of ‘fact’." ...er, like evolution, you mean? ...Here's an erudite Islamic cleric discussing just that topic. The reason for choosing this particular sheik will become clear...
So we're conveniently wiping the ancient Greeks from history now. Let's be forgiving and assume that iERA have simply forgotten Aristotle and Galen wrote about exactly this. But let's not go over ground already covered in previous posts and skip straight to the crux: An impressive sounding intellectual called Prof. Johnson is quoted at length.
Now, those of you familiar with dawah arguments claiming miraculously accurate knowledge of embryology in the Qur'an, will know that poor old Prof. Johnson is quoted almost as often on Islamic sites as Keith Moore's "The Developing Human (WITH ISLAMIC ADDITIONS)" (Which is quoted again here - but without its full title, you intellectually dishonest ... scallywags! Fancy forgetting to let your readers know that you're quoting from a specially commissioned book paid for by the Saudi government)
What iERA forget to mention is where the professor uttered his infamous quote. Other Islamic sites are not so bashful however. Islamic-awareness.org for example gives us the following:
What else do we know about Zindani?
(Oh, and by the way, the old cleric in the video telling us that Darwin invented evolution to make himself feel better because his ancestors were apes and pigs was ...you've guessed it...Sheik Zindani)
You may also be interested to read this article by Andrew Gilligan which also exposes iERA for the lying charlatans they really are.