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A British Muslim convert has a question for Atheists and a Middle Easterner atheist attempts to give him an answer. Abdur Rahim Green, born Anthony Green in 1962, asks atheists a question in one of his lectures on “why god allows suffering on Earth”. Green, who calls his channel Green4arabs on YouTube, asks atheists: “Where do you get the idea of evil at the first place?”
Green says, “When atheists raise the topic of the problem of evil, it is a strangely self-contradicting assertion from their own point of view.”
“If you believe in evolution, you also have to believe that human beings are just a product of random mutation of DNA.”
Please watch the video here:
The MPC journal offers a platform for a Middle Easterner atheist (E. L.) to respond to Green’s question. The name and biography of E. L. are concealed due to security reasons.
This video was posted on Ahmed Deedat’s Facebook page, in which Green asked a question and I wanted to very briefly answer it:
Green’s arguments are unfortunately misleading and don’t seem to be accurate. Since when was evolution a theory against god? I am an atheist; nevertheless, I see evolution as a better and more probable explanation of the course of nature than the creationist theory does. However, it is fundamental to point out that no evolutionist, now, will say that natural selection is random. It is a non-random process indeed. We say, as atheists, that evolution is more probable to explain nature than the creationist theory does. We do say “more probable” because we like to keep our scientific integrity intact, so if the 0,1 % variable (the theory of designer) proves us otherwise, we will be eager to investigate and conduct a proper research on the matter. We, I assure you, wouldn’t oppose because we didn’t understand.
Now, morality is a more social cognitive construct than a recipe comes from a designer; therefore, the definition of evil and good comes from sources other than god. This process in itself is a natural selection in the social sense, and it is evolution. History evolution is a case in point. You said that humans killed Jews, now we don’t do that anymore as a part of our moral evolution. Gays used to be discriminated and interiorized, now, in many parts of the world; they have their rights, which is again a part of our moral evolution- equality. We used to kill whom we thought of as witches. Now we don’t, and again this is a part of our moral evolution. Slavery is also a case in point. Therefore, Mr Green, I suggest and strongly recommend for you to read a few books before you come up with misleading ideas to prove your assumptions and exclude an already oppressed minority in the Arab world.
It is noteworthy to point out that not every atheist must be an expert on evolution of moral theories, philosophy or natural selection. There are people who are experts on these issues, or specialised in their own fields and this is what we tend to do to increase productivity and share understanding. No atheist, I trust, will claim understanding absolutely everything and yes we don’t need god to do that.
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