What arguments are there for Islam?

As an atheist who grew up Christian, I already know most of the Christian doctrine, belief systems, and arguments. When I became an atheist, I only learned more about the Christian religion, but I never researched much about Islam. The western religions are as much BS as any other religion is, but what specifically do Muslims have in way of argument for Islam? What claims does the Qur’an make that are falsifiable? Which arguments do Muslims make for their religion, that doesn’t apply to other religions? I can easily discredit Christianity a dozen times over, but what of Islam?

Posted: July 29th 2009

George Ricker www

As an atheist I have no belief in gods. That pretty well cuts the underpinnings out of all theistic religions, Islam included.

For specifics about the doctrines and dogmas of Islam, there are a number of good sources of information available on the web.

Posted: July 30th 2009

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Paula Kirby www

I would start the other way round: not by trying to refute the claims of one religion after another, but by simply looking at the world and universe around me, and asking whether there is any evidence for a god at all. If there were, THAT would be the time to start working out which, if any, of the 2840 available candidates the evidence pointed towards. But there simply isn’t.

I am not an atheist merely because I reject the claims of Christianity. Or Hinduism. Or Islam. Or any of the other available religions. I am an atheist because we do not need to insert gods in order to explain anything.

Posted: July 30th 2009

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SmartLX www

At the risk of stating the obvious, ask Muslims. The link leads to a wealth of essays by Muslims on various avenues of Muslim apologetics. (I typed askthemuslims.com into my browser just for fun, but came up empty.)

Most of it echoes the different types of Christian apologetic.

  • Muslims retroactively claim successful predictions, some in the Bible about Mohammed and others in the Quran about later events and discoveries.
  • Mohammed’s miracles, some claimed once in the Quran or the hadith (basically The Continuing Adventures of Mohammed) and never again, are presented otherwise unsupported by evidence as evidence of his divinity.
  • Lewis’ Trilemma, which roughly goes, “Was Jesus a liar, a lunatic or the Lord?” is adapted to, “Was [Mohammed] insane, a poet or a sorceror?” with a similar assertion that Mohammed even claimed to be divine in the first place supported only by the Quran (and possibly the hadith).
  • The quality of the preservation of the sacred texts is presented as evidence for their accuracy.
  • The complexity and apparent order of the universe and of life are used in arguments for Allah from design. (There is no equivalent of “intelligent design” creationism in Islam; in countries where Islam is the principal opponent of evolution, there is no need to hide the fact that the designer is meant to be Allah.)

Honestly, I find almost nothing but parallels with Christian apologetics. The only really unique thing I’ve ever heard in this area was a half-joke by a cleric. When asked what he says to atheists, he replied that he congratulates them on being halfway to the truth, because the core statement of Muslim faith “There is no god but Allah…” begins with the statement, “There is no god.”

Posted: July 29th 2009

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