Category archives for Religion & Science

Exorcism: Is the Bible to Blame?

Spinello Aretino Exorcism of St Benedict Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times Pope Benedict unwittingly performed an exorcism of two men possessed by the Devil in the very heart of the Vatican, according to the Catholic Church’s best-known exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth. Nick Squires of Rome wrote […]

How Islam has Influenced the Christian understanding of God

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times When Baylor University researchers asked their 1700 participants about what they think God looks like, 60 percent drew abstract or nature scenes.[1] Stated in another way, the sons and daughters of the Abrahamic faiths, believe in a Deist God, Who is […]

Evolution Is Not a Matter of ‘Belief’

Source: Huffington Post By Tom Krattenmaker: Author, ‘The Evangelicals You Don’t  Know’ Do you “believe” in evolution? A new survey reveals that your answer can be predicted in  large part by your political loyalties. The Pew Research Center finds that two  thirds of Democrats accept the validity of evolution, in contrast with the 43  percent of Republicans […]

Arabic a revealed language and the mother of all languages

ABSTRACT OF COLLECTION OF THESE ARTICLES AND BOOKS Evidence that there is a mother of all the 6000 known human languages is beyond doubt and no one will question this any more. But, which language is the mother, is the billion dollar question? There is overwhelming evidence that languages change over time and they do […]

Albert Einstein’s search for God

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times This popular article was first published in Ahmadiyya Gazette, USA in 2007. Was Einstein a monotheist, deist, pantheist, or an atheist? How did his religion affect his science? Agnostics, atheists and pantheists, all equally claim that Einstein belongs to them. But, […]

Quantum Theory – Sign of a Personal God

Source / Courtesy: Muslim Sunrise, Fall 2011 Zia H Shah MD and Sardar Anees Ahmad Determinism A deist believes God created the universe, but rejects the notion of a Personal God – a God who answers prayers or intervenes in human affairs. Many deists are strict determinist, believing that causality governs the entire universe. Albert […]

Darwinian Evolution: Islam or Christianity?

Source / Courtesy: This popular collection of articles was first made in Google-knol. Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to […]

Joseph Priestley: Who Discovered Oxygen and Taught pure Monotheism!

George Santayana is well known for the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  If we have to follow his advice there are three names we cannot forget, Andrew Dickson White, Joseph Priestly and John William Draper.  All three of them wonderfully exposed the vulnerabilities of Christianity in general and […]

John William Draper another scholar banned in his time

George Santayana is well known for the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  If we have to follow his advice there are three names we cannot forget, Andrew Dickson White, Joseph Priestly and John William Draper.  All three of them wonderfully exposed the vulnerabilities of Christianity in general and Catholic Church […]

Demystifying Quantum Physics: You Need it for Your Faith

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD: If my articles are boring to you, it may be that you need to read more of them, as was suggested by John Cage, one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century, “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If […]

Islam and Science — Concordance or Conflict

By Professor Abdus Salam Einstein once remarked, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” Human wisdom cannot flourish without proper understanding of both and their interaction, as so succinctly highlighted by Einstein. Dr. Abdus Salam quoted in his ‘Nobel speech’ from the verses of the Holy Quran at a time when it […]

The Absoluteness of the Certainty of God’s Existence

By Andrew Conway Ivy (1893-1978) Albert Einstein said, “The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.” In this article Andrew […]

February 2010 Alislam-eGazette: Islam and Science

By Khalifatul Masih II, Hadhrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad Here is a lecture by Hadhrat ‘Musleh Maoud’ on the subject of Religion and Science, given at Islamia College Science Union meeting in Lahore on 3rd March 1927. This lecture’s usefulness cannot be over-stated. Original article in Urdu can be found in Anwarul Uloom online. A […]

Deism, Liberal Protestantism or Natural Religion

To look for common thread between the Christian and the Muslim tradition one should start at Deism. One should start with President Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Payne. There will be a lot in their views that a Muslim and a Christian could agree to and from there one begins to discuss the agreements […]

Age of Reason by Thomas Paine in the Islamic light

Mark Twain said, “It took a brave man before the Civil War to confess he had read the Age of Reason … I read it first when I was a cub pilot, read it with fear and hesitation, but marveling at its fearlessness and wonderful power.” In 18th century Thomas Paine was a believer and […]

Expanding Universe: Nobel Prize this year and the Holy Quran

Source / Courtesy: CNN and Muslim Sunrise Scientists studying universe’s expansion win Nobel Prize in Physics CNN) — Two scientists from the United States and one from Australia have won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Tuesday. Half of the award went to Saul Perlmutter from Lawrence Berkeley National […]

Islamic theology starts with Deism: Why all Christians and atheists should be Muslims?

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD Deism (pronounced /ˈdiːɪzəm/, us dict: dē′·ĭzm) is a religious and philosophical belief that a supreme being created the universe, and that this can be determined using reason and observation of the natural world alone, without the need for either faith or organized religion. President Thomas Jefferson, Thomas […]

Shroud of Turin: Let the discussions begin

This article starts with a chapter of a book ‘Deliverance from the Cross’ by Sir Zafrulla Khan. It also includes the article on this topic from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and much more. If the Catholic Church believes that it is not the real thing then why hang on to it so fiercely, let the […]

Al Islam eGazette July 2009 – The Bible, The Quran and Science

This volume has several articles on co-relation of religion and science. The Holy Quran says: Ask them, ‘Have you considered, if this Quran is from Allah but you disbelieve in it — who is more astray than one who has drifted away from the Truth?’ Soon We will show them Our Signs in the universe […]

Religion and Science: The Indispensable God-hypothesis

This is an article describing the Transcendent, yet Personal God of the Abrahamic Faiths in the present day scientific paradigm, the One God of Islam, Unitarian Christianity and Judaism. If my articles are boring to you, it may be that you need to read more of them, as was suggested by John Cage, “If something […]

Stephen Hawking has a change of heart: God did not create Universe?

This popular Google knol was first written soon after the publication of Hawking’s book, the Grand Design. First a few words about the big picture.  Atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma.  However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of […]

Al Aleem: The Bestower of true Dreams

Revelation has had a very large role to play in human history. The evidence not only comes from religion but also science. This article was originally published in June, 2007 volume of Ahmadiyya Gazette USA. Let me first introduce the subject of revelation in language and examples that are more familiar to my Western readers. […]

A challenge for Dawkins: Where did carbon come from?

This popular Google-knol was first written by me in December of 2009. Atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma.  However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of this universe, Who employed natural means to do His work.  However, both parties […]