Ismaeel wrote, in the comment cited below:
This encapsulates a profound difference between some religious thinking, and the secular world. Of course, many religious people (including, according to the Bible, Jesus) have wrestled with doubt; this why the word "faith" has such importance and does not, for everybody, just mean blind acceptance.
I do not wrestle with my beliefs, I am very happy and secure in them and the discussion of the MfFE did not cause me any anxt although it may have caused others some.
But for secularists, doubt is everything. Doubt informs us, makes us question, makes us learn. This is why it is good practice in scientific papers for the writer(s) actually to point out real and potential problems in their work. They are seeking the truth, not trying to impose their findings on the world (I repeat, this is good, rather than invariable, practice).
Only by doubting the accepted wisdom do we investigate and learn new things. Without doubt, we would not be able to communicate like this, because computers would not exist.
Some religious people try to capitalise on this, dishonestly. In a previous post, I quoted from the ask the imam website:
It is our belief that Allah is the creator of the universe and all its contents. The concept of evolution is un Islamic. The animals, humans, etc all were created by the command of Allah and will be created by His command. The ever changing conclusions of the scientists is sufficient of their false research.Note the last sentence. Their "false research" into this area has sequenced a full human genome. Genetic engineering - the direct manipulation of one part of the mechanism of evolution - holds out the promise of cures for cancers, Altzheimer's disease and will revolutionise human life this coming century.
We need the contribution of the Islamic world, of the brains, inventiveness and inquiry the world saw in the past. Don't get left behind.
Ismaeel, you should wrestle with your beliefs. You'd be stronger for it.