Source: The Muslim Sunrise, Summer 2016 volume
By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
I had issued this challenge originally in November of 2015. However, now that Dr. Carson has pulled out of the Presidential race and endorsed Donald Trump as the Presidential candidate for the Republican Party, it is more likely that he may pay heed to academic pursuits rather than political ambitions. So, let me revisit the issue through this volume of the Muslim Sunrise.
Republican presidential contender Ben Carson restated his views on creationism Sunday (Nov. 1, 2015), wrapping up his weekend in Tennessee with a visit to one of Metro Nashville’s largest churches.
This is not the first time Carson has spoken about his doubts on evolution. Several national publications, including The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and others, have noted a speech from 2012 and other comments where Carson likened the big bang theory to “fairy tales” and questioned the motivation behind Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
It seems he would say any thing which is apparently popular among the Republican base to rise in the polls.
Fully two-thirds of seventh-day Adventists (67%), the denomination that Ben Carson belongs to, rejects evolution, saying that humans have always existed in their present form. This mirrors Carson’s view: The candidate has been a vocal critic of evolution, saying that it is impossible to believe in both God and evolution at the same time.
As a successful Neuro-surgeon, who would be knowledgeable in molecular biology, he should know better than this.
Carson delivered two speeches at Cornerstone Church in Madison. The words from Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, who did rise to the top position in GOP presidential polls, for a short period of time, sounded at times like a stump speech and a sermon.
“They say, ‘Carson, ya know, how can you be a surgeon, a neurosurgeon, and believe that God created the Earth, and not believe in evolution, which is the basis of all knowledge and all science?’,” Carson said during his second speech, referencing “progressives.”
“Well, you know, it’s kind of funny. But I do believe God created us, and I did just fine. So I don’t know where they get that stuff from, ya know? It’s not true. And in fact, the more you know about God, and the deeper your relationship with God, I think the more intricate becomes your knowledge of the way things work, including the human body.”
Unlike Carson, I believe in God also but I also believe in rational understanding of our universe and our planet and millions of life forms that have existed on our planet over the millennia.
So, I invite him to a written debate about the facts of evolution in molecular biology that establish beyond any reasonable doubt that all life forms on our planet earth are linked to each other, through the process of evolution, as proposed by Charles Darwin, more than 150 years ago.
To make it easy for him, I will even show him my hand of cards, as suggested reading and viewing below. A lot of tricks can be pulled in face to face debate and I am well aware of those. So, realizing some of my limitations, I do not want to debate face to face, rather engage in a written debate, where evidence will be the final determinant. Let the debate begin!
I have tweeted the challenge to him and to the 38,600 followers of the Muslim Times. But, I know, he will ignore it as Mahatama Gandhi told us, more than 6 decades ago, about every Goliath and David fight, ‘First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.’
Only reason he will accept this challenge would be if my tweet begins to see scores and hundreds of retweets.
In the mean while, however, everyone else is learning the facts by reading and viewing the materials below.
Suggested reading and viewing
Charles Darwin: An Epiphany for the Muslims, A Catastrophe for the Christians
Molecular Biology a Checkmate to Creationism
12 Minute Video: Everything You Wanted to Know about Guided Evolution
Read in the Muslim Sunrise: Muslim Sunrise Summer 2016 volume