Posts Tagged ‘Quran’
Like I said in the last post, there isn’t much excitement in chapter 15. It’s mostly just a regurgitation of the same boring old bullshit. The story I’ll break down in this post has come up a few times already. I thought it was worth examining in detail, because — come on! — it’s about the devil.
He may well be the only interesting character in the Quran. And, as I learned in this chapter, he may not be such a bad guy after all. If he actually existed, I might feel kinda sorry for the guy. Shit, I might even invite him over for a beer & ice cream pity party. We probably have a lot in common; hating God and all.
…OK, fine I’m not really dying. But I do feel like shit. I have the flu. I got it when I was telling a sick co-worker of mine to feel better, and she coughed in my face mid-sentence. No joke. I had my mouth open and everything, and she coughed in my fucking face. She didn’t cover her mouth. She didn’t turn her head. She looked me in the eye and went *A-HACK!* Ugh. I’m getting all queasy just thinking about it. I’m taking a couple of sick days and using them to blog from my couch. Whoo!
Something to not Whoo! about: apparently I’ve already read chapters 15 – 18. I read them way back before my work life took over my life life. I made a ton of notes in the margins and everything. The sad part is that I don’t remember any of this, and I have to sit through those same fucking chapters all over again. Boo! Hiss! I guess that’s what I get for procrastinating. …still. Boo! Hiss!!
Lets get chapter 15 over and done with so we never have to think about it ever again. OK? OK! Jump on in.
I got an email from an ex-Muslim named Wissam, who just came out to his Muslim girlfriend and got dumped as a result. After giving it some thought, however, she decided to give him a shot…at deconverting her. And he must really care about her, because he’s taking a crack at it. He needs some help in figuring out some solid arguments to use when he talks to her.
Lets help the guy out, eh? I may be a total bastard, but deep down, I’m a sucker for happy endings.
This is your chance to get it all out there. What arguments helped deconvert you? What is the most glaringly obvious thing in the Quran that could be used to plant the seed of doubt?
You can read Wissam’s original post here. Comment away!
Our friends at the Atheist Experience recently got an email from a viewer that got my old wheels turning. Saki wanted to know the best way to approach a certain argument that some Muslims pull out as evidence of their God being cooler than your God. Or your non-God, in this case. Russell Glasser thought I’d like to take a crack at it, and he was right. (Thanks for the forward, Russell!)
From Saki’s email:
ok, i realize that you probably don’t do this sorta thing, but i’m getting really really ticked of over this one god damned (pardon the pun) argument that keeps popping up that i’ve been having to put to rest a good ten to fifteen times now… someone or the other quotes something from their holy book and goes “well this refers to this scientific discovery that wasn’t made until recently. How could people from the 7th century possibly know that?”
Hey, it’s the return of the Quranic scientific miracle! We got into this a little back in chapter 4, but it’s definitely worth discussing on its own. The exact argument that Saki is referring to is laid out in detail at this site. You can read it in full there.
Here’s the 10 second run down for all you lazy bastards out there: the Quran describes embryology in vivid detail which Mohammed’s 7th century local yokels couldn’t possibly have known about. The Quran wins! May Allah have mercy on you silly assholes.
Lets jump in and do it to it.