Science in the [insert-name-of-scripture]

It may be an intellectual embarrassment, but the belief that the Quran anticipates modern science and technology is very widespread among Muslims. Zillions of websites tell their readers how the Quran miraculously reveals everything from the expansion of the universe to the details of embryology. I have a good deal on this sort of apologetics in An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam.

There’s a lot less of this sort of thing among Christians, but occasionally I run into it. Among creationists, usually. Here’s an example from Answers in Genesis, “The Universe Confirms the Bible,” which includes a claim that the Bible talks of an expanding universe. It’s very like the science-in-the-Quran literature; it even misinterprets a similar spreading-as-tent metaphor.

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