Tuesday, 17 July 2007

An Islamic challenge to evolution

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Today's New York Times carries on article on the work of Adnan Oktar, AKA Harun Yahya, the Turkish author of Atlas of Creation, a creationist tome that has been distributed to academic institutions around the world. Standing at 800 full-colour glossy pages, the Atlas claims that creatures living today are identical to those alive in the fossil past, and that evolution is a "theory in crisis" that contradicts the Koran.

Yahya hit the news earlier this year when his book was distributed to instututions across France, and now it is being sent unsolicited to US scientists, universities, science museums and members of Congress. Taking into account the book's size and print quality, not to mention postage costs, the bill for Yahya's operation must be running into millions of dollars. However, the source of these finances remains a mystery.

Fortunately, the Atlas does not seem to be getting much of a reception from the scientists it has been sent to. Speaking to the New York Times, Kevin Padian, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, put it best: “I'm just astounded at its size and production values and equally astonished at what a load of crap it is.”

5 comments:

nullifidian said...

I don't have a source for this, but I vaguely recall reading somewhere that the money was coming from Saudi Arabia, and possibly from one of the royal family.

Herman Cummings said...

The Coming Athentication of Genesis

On or before August 15, 2007, a book is scheduled to be
published. It’s title is “Moses Didn’t Write About
Creation!!”, written by Ephraim. The “Big Bang” and
evolution theories, plus the doctrines of current creationist
factions, shall be exposed as being in error.

After fifteen years, the truth of Genesis will finally be
available to the public, blowing all previous attempts to
explain Genesis "out of the water". This book will be the
most notable biblical authentication since the Dead Sea Scrolls.
It is the first and only book written that explains the difference
between the “six days of Moses” and the “seven days of
Creation Week”.

It is also the only book to completely explain the events that
lead to the Extra-Celestial Civil War, also known as “the
war in Heaven”. Comprehensive coverage of the war is given,
when it ended, and how it affected the ancient history of our
universe.

Finally, it explains the Messiahship of Jesus, and reveals how He
was really half Judean (for royalty) and half Levite (for priesthood).
It also explains to non-believers the sanctity of God’s marriage to
Israel, and why Jesus had to die first before the gospel could be
preached to gentiles.

The ISBN is 1-4241-8220-4.

Herman Cummings
PO Box 1745
Fortson GA, 31808
Ephraim7@aol.com
(706) 662-2893

HughCaldwell said...

Herman,

I know you've been called a crackpot but I'm sure there might be somebody interested in knowing the publisher of your book. Who is it?

HughCaldwell said...

The publisher, I meant, not the person that might be interested in reading the book.

Herman Cummings said...

The book is now in the final stages of "Cover Design", and may be available within the next three weeks. Vist the following link every three days to keep abreast of it's availability:
http://hometown.aol.com/ephraim7/myhomepage/index.html

Herman