MORE THAN A MONTH AGO, we reported Islamic Creationist Adnan Oktar (a/k/a Harun Yahya) Convicted!
You will recall that this Islamic creationist had close connections with his fellow creationists in the US — Duane Gish and John Morris, both leaders of the Institute for Creation Research. Here’s a story we linked to earlier about American and Islamic creationists working together in Turkey: SRF (Science Research Foundation) Conferences.
While Oktar is appealing his conviction, he gave an interview to Reuters : Muslim creationist preaches Islam, awaits Christ. Here are some excerpts, with bold added for Curmudgeonly emphasis:
His lavishly illustrated book [“Atlas of Creation”] preaches a Muslim version of creationism, the view scientists usually hear from Christian fundamentalists who say God created all life on earth just as it is today and oppose the teaching of Darwin’s evolution theory.
It must be a comfort to our domestic creationists, knowing that they have intellectual allies in the Islamic world. Continuing:
The controversy stirred up by “The Atlas” has turned the spotlight on a publishing empire that boasts about 260 books in 52 languages, over 80 DVDs and dozens of websites.
Well-illustrated and free of theological jargon, they preach that Islam is the one true faith and Darwinism, by undermining religious belief, has led to the discord, atheism, terrorism and extreme political ideologies plaguing the world.
Creationism is a stand-alone package that is independent of any specific religion, but which can fit itself into virtually any of them. We discussed some of the varied beliefs in creationism and Intelligent Design in this earlier article: Conservatives and Intelligent Design.
Another excerpt from the Reuters article:
Oktar said Koran verses and sayings of the Prophet Mohammed about the end of the world revealed Jesus would return soon as a Muslim to help Islam’s savior, the Mahdi, defeat the Dajjal or Islamic Anti-Christ and establish Islam around the world.
“Our biggest project right now is to lay the grounds for the coming of Jesus Christ,” he said. “We understand this is going to be in the next 20 to 25 years.”
You can read the whole thing if you have the time to spare. What it all means to us is simply this: If you encounter a creationist, you’ve found someone who is capable of believing literally anything.