Another immediate example: The European Space Agency managed to put Philae on a one-km wide comet named 67P, with a speed of 135,00p km/h, after a 3,907-day-long journey to a location 500 million km away. It coincided with Islamic terrorists attacking four continents for "guaranteed place in heaven" by way of a leader's speech.
The advancement of modern humans has little to do with faith. For most Europeans the Bible is largely mythology. It contains some garbled history, some
record of religious/tribal law, and some fables, but at this distance
it has become mere myth. There
are also points at which one can actually observe the myth-making in
progress when comparing events recorded in the bible with the same
events in history (the Book of Jeremiah is a fine example).
Teaching reality in the UK schools rather than magical
fairies best illustrates the extent to which the Muslim world has fallen
behind in the age of enlightenment. England did not begin as a non-theist country. What they did was,
essentially, expel radical religious people and encourage environment conducive to enlightenment. Constant
pressure, constant and relentless demonstration that evidence-based
approaches work, and consistently rewarding such approaches is what
seems to have worked in Europe.
To an outsider this societal approach may appear unobtainable but it's fairly easy to contrivance. A society or a community should be strong enough to be able to
introspect and look within itself, accept any shortcoming and overcome
those shortcomings through reform and progress. Such actions can only
lead to a better outcome for not only the person's community and society
but the for everyone at large. It precedes removal of ignorant clerics and lays the foundation for society accepting the importance of truth at which point children could be taught to think critically. Crux of the matter is religion is an impediment to human flourishing, and with regards to the uneducated clerics: You have two choices when you
have a roadblock erected by religion; you can drive through it or stop
and proceed no further.
relies on unconvincing traditional beliefs.
Fallacious presumptions take precedent over demonstrable facts. When
presented with demonstrable facts the believers gumption straw-man and
ad hominen attacks. They are following the flock without
independent perspective which is how fanatics prefer and spread. A
lack of diversity makes people think the majority view is the correct
view, and therefore mandatory, view. The more you are exposed to a diversity
of people the more the mind broadens and ceases thinking in
Today we know "god" is impossible as defined by any major religion. Logically impossible. Any
confirmation of the nature of "the creator of the universe" obtained
from a book is ultimately derived from the imaginations of men. There is
no "received" knowledge of any gods. They are anthropomorphic
constructs invented by humans and bearing all the constraints and defects of human. There
is zero evidence for the existence of any form of deity — but ample
evidence for the creation by human beings of the gods we do have. Natural evolution is evident. Cosmic history is evident. God is evidently made up. We
see evidence of a time before life, and then we see evidence of life.
We see examples of molecules that, with the right components and under
the right circumstances recombine into much more complex molecules. We
see evidence of those components and circumstances on Earth a short time before there was anything we could call life.
teach children how primitive superstitions came to be around the world,
they'll figure out that their religion is just one of them. If we teach
them to think critically and rationally, they'll go to church/mosque and
realize that the stories don't make any sense, that they can't be true,
and that their holy book has to be cherry picked, and some amazing interpretational acrobatics have to take place so that they can extract
any real morality from it. Teach them to be scientifically literate, and
they'll come to understand evolution and natural history, and belief
just won't be necessary any more. Teach them biology, physics, geology,
anatomy. They don't need a lot of each one to get by, but the more
they understand reality, the less likely they are to accept supernatural
explanations for anything.
The location of god changed throughout history; initially god was said
to be living on the other side of the village, then the river, then the
mountain, then above the clouds...now it's in the far corners of the
universe or possibly in another universe. The exploration from tiny
villages to continents and possibly beyond Earth chased gods farther,
with cretinous arguments made for simplistic supposition of needing
religion because we need to be controlled. This control alluded to is
variable. Believers still find holes
in science to support dogmatic assertions while denying the very
foundations of science. The burden of proof they demand from science they will not
demand from religion. This cognitive dissonance has become all too
Science and education are killing all religions. Right now
it's the educated and strong who're leaving Islam in droves, and radical
Islam heavily relies on the people being gullible as they are
controlled by fear/deceit/threats (blasphemy laws). So Muslim clerics are rightfully concerned about the stagnation of Islam
as becoming irrelevant by the day. Saudi clerics even now admit they're
'losing influence over the youth'. Sadly, we are all in for a very bumpy
ride ahead due the aggressive nature of radical fundamentalists but
inversely these hostile attacks lead some to devalue false
The intellectual slump in the Muslim world incriminates the totalitarian regimes, the genocidal lunatic fringe, the Muslim apologists and the uneducated masses. The totalitarian regimes, for example the Saudi Royal family, use the fanatics as "useful idiots" through ideology to prolong their rule. The genocidal terrorists are told they are dying for virgin women. The apologists twist words, use half truths, deploy cultural relativism to stifle legitimate discussion about Islam. Making pointed efforts to conceal an emotional range and expressiveness to dis-incentivize any invigorating natural and instinctive habits of the intellectual
centers of the mind which have atrophied over time. Tenured far-left ideologues provide maximum seductive impact for Muslim apologists' rhetoric with shaming terms like "Islamophobia" — how is it phobia when there is genuine security concern? They are essentially defending the indefensible by any means necessary unconcerned about spurring intellectual growth.
The uneducated masses use conspiracy theories and blaming the West as ego-protecting shields. Any scintilla for true intellectualism is shunned and debased in such environment of competing interests. Apropos the impotent rage-pouting deranged extremists, subject mutates into what Ibn Taymiyah said in the 12th century and glorifying backward jurisprudence. The insularity of mindless belief is betrayed by its own hive-mind corroding incantations. Think that most people are pretty much in agreement that the Quraan was
taught by Mohammed to certain disciples/followers who learned it by
heart, and translated it into written form decades after his death. Since this
part was done by Arabic scholars there is nothing very remarkable about
it being well-written. So
whoever wrote it was highly literate. The scientific "facts" it
contains are only so when interpreted as metaphor. This does not make a
convincing case for a god of any kind. Not knowing is the preferred mode as many scientific errors found in the Quraan are even blocked online in the Muslim world.
Faith-based hypothetical exercise leaves little room for intellect. Deleteriously, impressionable Muslim minds misconstrue these age-old insular exchanges as credentialed intellectual stimulation.