Mormon visits: Episode 3

Read 2nd visit My friends turned up today, we started with a really nice talk about how one of them used to love sailing a remote control boat when he was young, and how I had one of those water jet-pack experiences. I asked them about a couple of things that had occurred to me while reading the Book of Mormon. One of them was that it says the plates (the brass ones, not the later golden ones given to […]

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Mormon visits: Episode 2

Read 1st visit Because I am back-posting these first two visits from memory they might be a bit short. I call them my Mormon friends not to be facetious, but because I think we really did become friends very quickly during our first meeting. These guys are so nice, and we just chatter and giggle through our meetings. From what I recall of our second meeting they asked if I would be willing to become a Mormon if I decided […]

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Mormon visits: Episode 1

A few weeks ago I spotted a couple of young guys riding bikes. They were wearing cycling helmets, black trousers, and white shirts with ties. I knew instantly that they were Mormons. I’ve little or no knowledge of Mormonism so I thought it might be a good opportunity to learn. I stopped the car and introduced myself. I told them in advance that it is very unlikely I will become a Mormon, and that I am just interested in what […]

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Is the Quran necessarily incompatible with evolution?

I recall the hostility received by Dr Usama Hasan when he suggested the Quran was compatible with evolution, and specifically with human evolution.  I never did read what he wrote on the subject, and was deeply disappointed and very frustrated when he appeared on The Jinn & Tonic Show back in January 2013 and I didn’t get a good enough opportunity to discuss with him the details of his views on the subject. As far as I am able to tell […]

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The Quran and the big bang – addendum to my video

Back in 2011 I made this video about the claim that the expanding universe is mentioned in the Quran. The Arabic word used for expanding is not a verb but an active participle. So what does this mean?  It means it is identifying an individual that either has done an act (perfect verb) or is in the process of performing an act (imperfect verb).  Because 51.47 only has the expand/expanse word as an active participle and not a verb we […]

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Happy International women’s day!

Marie Curie was the first female to win a Nobel prize, the first person to two Nobel prizes, and the only person 8to ever win a Nobel prize in two different fields of science (Physics for radiation, chemistry for the discovery of Radium and Polonium) Henrietta Swan Leavitt was responsible for discovering predictable properties of Cepheid variable stars (standard candles).  A discovery that enabled astronomers to calculate distances to very distant stars and led to the proof of other galaxies. […]

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DawahMan – 11 Rhetorical devices in 3 words of the Quran

On the London Dawah Movement’s last show (Fridays at 7pm UK time) there was some brief talk about the linguistic miracle of the Quran.  It was claimed that there are 11 rhetorical statements in only 3 words in the Quran.  Someone later emailed me and asked me what my opinion was on this claim, so I watched the video link they had provided. My immediate impression was that Imran was doing a lot of talking without actually saying anything; it […]

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The Rationaliser – A Trouble Maker

Although the term “Trouble Maker”, recently attributed to me by Hamza Tzortzis, was not meant as a compliment I cannot help but take it was one.  I certainly do take pride in causing trouble against an organisation that has members who promote sex with nine year old brides and beating one’s wife.  If these are the genuine held views of these people then they certainly should be exposed, on the other hand if this is no more than a misunderstanding […]

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The peacock problem – Part 2

So now I am responding to this post which was a “hasty response” to my explanation of why I think Jamie needs to learn from his mistakes. In response to @therationaliser who criticises my blog piece (here) with the intended view of saying it was my fault for creating a sexual atmosphere or perhaps setting a precedent for the wolf whistling of women. I did not say it was the fault of Jamie, nor did I imply it.  What I […]

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The Peacock Problem: Response

This is a response to this blog post. Women are clearly presented as sexual objects in our society.  I’ve tried to help my son to see through it, and my wife would very much like to do some kind of travelling school lesson for boys on the subject. Boys of this age are moving into a new social arena.  They are starting to see the sexual side of their existence, trying to make themselves attractive to the opposite gender without […]

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