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everything changes - including people's concepts of truth

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in response to reader comment: Yes, theories are always evolving, however God is always the truth

Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan (Australia), Nov 16, 2008 at 01:53

Keith Williams writes:
"I am glad that you see that science and the scientific method is a way of seeing God's creation and trying to figure out how God did it and how it works. Science shows us God's laws in the universe as we observe his creation and we see his signs are everywhere. Everything is awesome as you can see. God is awesome. All praise be to God, the cherisher and sustainer of the worlds.

Science seeks to approach truth through the scientific method. Strictly speaking, the scientific method never "proves" a theory or shows that it is definitely true.Except when it comes to directly observable facts, the scientific method never claims to reveal "the truth"; rather, it attempts to approach the truth by continuously refining theories so that they better approximate the truth.

I

bn Zuhr aka Avenzoar was another famous scientist and Doctor back in the day who innovated the scientific method in surgery.

Please let me share Ayat Al-Kursee with you:

In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful.

Allah, there is no god but he,the living, the self-subsisting; eternal,
no slumber can seize him, nor sleep,his are all things in the heavens and on earth,
who is it that can intercede in his presence except as he permits,he knoweth what appears to his creatures as before, or after, or behind them,nor will they compass aught of his knowledge except as he willeth,his throne doth extends over the heavens and on earth,and he feelth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them,for he is the most high, the supreme in glory
(Quran 2:255)

Well that's great Keith - but why haven't you quoted Western or even Hindu philosophers and scientists? The mistake you are making is to continually refer to Islamic culture - sort of showing a strange cultural bias given that you are not a product of Arabic culture.

I note you've resisted the attempt to use 'Allah this, Allah that' in the post - which is commendable as it just shows a lack of awareness when you take into account that most people who read these posts have a problem with the ethnocentric 'Allah" terminology.

But again, we're not even sure we're talking about the same thing as Muslim descriptions of what they understand to be 'God' differ markedly from nearly all other religions.

Also - I must pick you up on the title of your response: it's not just theories that are evolving - everything is subject to change of one form or another.

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