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. [No answer. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. but God doesn't." "Is Satan good?" "No. sir. can you?" He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax." "That's right." "Why not say that? You would help a sick and maimed person if you could... "From. . student audience.. I would. In philosophy.. in fact most of us would if we could.. son?" "Yes." The professor grins knowingly. " "LET ME EXPLAIN THE problem science has with God.. Yes. "Here's one for you. "No. .!" "I wouldn't say that." "Is God good?" "Sure! God's good. didn't he?" The elderly man runs his bony fingers through his thinning hair and turns to the smirking. does he? My brother was a Muslim who died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. you can't." "Where does Satan come from?" The student falters." "So you believe in God?" "Absolutely.." "So you're good..    "Professing to be wise. How is this God good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?" [No answer] The elderly man is sympathetic. young fella." "Are you good or evil?" "The Koran says I'm not always so good. Would you help them? "Would you try?" "Yes sir. aren't you.. you have to go easy with the new ones. "Ahh! THE KORAN!" He considers for a moment." The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand. "You're a Muslim. You can do it. "Let's start again.." "Is God good?" "Er." "Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?" "Yes.. God.] "He doesn't. .. God made Satan. they became fools .

"I think we're going to have a lot of fun this semester. The class is mesmerized. Is there evil in this world?" "Yes. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace the front of the classroom like an aging panther. "Tell me." "Who created them? " [No answer] The professor suddenly shouts at his student." "Who created evil? [No answer] "Is there sickness in this world? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All the terrible things . the brutality. young man?" [No answer] "Don't you see it all over the place? Huh?" Pause. isn't it? Did God make everything?" "Yes. "All the hatred. all the death and ugliness and all the suffering created by this good God is all over the world." he continues. all the torture. experienced gaze and fails. "Don't you?" The professor leans into the student's face again and whispers. sir.do they exist in this world? " The student squirms on his feet. "How is it that this God is good if He created all evil throughout time?" The professor swishes his arms around to encompass the wickedness of the world. son?" [No answer] The student tries to hold the steady. "Tell me. isn't it. all the pain. "WHO CREATED THEM? TELL ME." He turns back to the Muslim. PLEASE! "The professor closes in for the kill and climbs into the Muslim's face. "Yes. son. didn't He. In a still small voice: "God created all evil. ladies and gentlemen. "Is God good?" [No answer] ." "Evil's everywhere.

The room suddenly goes very cold. young man.. The second Muslim continues. "According to the rules of empirical. do you have any sensory perception of your God whatsoever?" [No answer] "Answer me. science says your God doesn't exist.. Speak some proper wisdom to the gathering. demonstrable protocol. "Some interesting points you are making. "Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you.. What do you say to that. son?" The student's voice betrays him and cracks. I do.." "No. you haven't?" "No. come. I'm afraid I haven't.. I have not." The Muslim sits. sir. Another Muslim raises his hand. may I address the class?" The professor turns and smiles." "Then tell us if you've ever heard your God?" "No. Is there such thing as heat?" "Yes." The old man shakes his head sadly.." "Have you ever felt your God.. the professor continues: "Have you ever seen your God?" "No. of course sir.. please. tasted your God or smelt your God. "Yes." "That takes FAITH!" The professor smiles sagely at the underling. Then. son? Where is your God now?" [The student doesn't answer] "Sit down. in fact. slowly raising his voice. "You can have lots of ." "You're AFRAID. sir. sir. "Professor. please.yes. son. testable. "There's heat. professor." the professor replies."Do you believe in God. I do have five senses".." The professor's grin freezes. there's cold too." The Muslim looks around the room.." "No. Now I've got a question for you. "Ah. Have you? " "Yes. there isn't." "Yet you still believe in him?" "." "Is there such a thing as cold?" "Yes. sir. sir.Defeated. I've never seen Him. another Muslim in the vanguard! Come. sir.

. explain.. professor?" Despite himself.. bright light. flashing light but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. This will indeed be a good semester. your philosophical premise is flawed to start with and so your conclusion must be in error. it is the absence of something... sir. Can you. just the absence of it. We can hit 458 degrees below zero. the professor smiles at the young effrontery before him. sir. oh. you would be able to make darkness darker and give me a jar of it.!"" "Sir.? How dare you.. mega-heat. "Flawed.. A pin drops somewhere in the classroom. We cannot measure cold.. "Would you mind telling us what your point is. isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word." "You're wrong again." The professor makes an admirable effort to regain control.heat. even more heat.. Cold is not the opposite of heat. but we can't go any further after that. super-heat. Suddenly he is affability . "Is there such a thing as darkness. My point is. There is no such thing as cold.. Darkness is not something. professor.. may I explain what I mean?" > The class is all ears." The professor goes toxic. a little heat or no heat but we don't have anything called 'cold'.. Darkness isn't. cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat.?" "So you say there is such a thing as darkness?" "Yes.give me a jar of darker darkness. son. professor?" "That's a dumb question.. sir. which is no heat... In reality. otherwise we would be able to go colder than 458 .." Silence. If it were.You see. What is night if it isn't darkness? What are you getting at. young man?" "Yes. white heat.. normal light. "Explain. You can have low light.

" "Wrong again.. Death is not the opposite of life. What is that work. immorality is merely the absence of morality. "That for example there is life and then there's death. merely the absence of it. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. I absolutely do not recognize the concept of God or any other theological factor as being part of the world equation because God is not observable. He waves his hand to silence the class. He is so angry he is temporarily speechless." The young man holds up a newspaper he takes from the desk of a neighbor who has been reading it. of our own free will. choose good over evil." . must be accomplishing a work through the agency of evil. Is there such a thing as immorality?" "Of course there is. and we all agree there is. if he exists. Is there such thing as injustice? No.. "Isn't evil the absence of good?" The professor's face has turned an alarming color. much less fully understood them." the Muslim explains. professor. sir. something we can measure. professor. I don't vie this matter as having anything to do with any choice. It uses electricity and magnetism but has never seen. "If there is evil in the world.itself. The Muslim continues. then God. for the student to continue. a good God and a bad God. Sir. God is accomplishing? The Bible tells us it is to see if each one of us will. science cannot even explain a thought. as a realist. now look. "Here is one of the most disgusting tabloids this country hosts. Is there such a thing as evil?" The Muslim pauses. "As a philosophical scientist. "You are working on the premise of duality." The professor bridles. You see. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite. Injustice is the absence of justice.

"Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain. stony stare. touched or smelt the professor's brain?"." "SCIENCE IS FLAWED. The class breaks out in laughter. yes. of course I do. have you quite finished?" the professor hisses. The Muslim remains standing until the commotion has subsided.. may I give you an example of what I mean?" The professor wisely keeps silent. No one appears to have done so. "Sir. "Professor. you rightly state that science is the study of observed phenomena. young man. Ê ." the Muslim replies. Science too is a premise which is flawed. "Newspapers make billions of dollars reporting it every week! Tell me. are you not teaching your opinion. The Muslim points towards his elderly. professor.. "To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student.. crumbling tutor. but a priest?" "I'll overlook your impudence in the light of our philosophical discussion."I would have thought that the absence of God's moral code in this world is probably one of the most observable phenomena going. Since no-one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?" "If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process. Now.that's science!" "Ahh! SCIENCE!" the student's face splits into a grin..?" the professor splutters." "Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes. The Muslim looks around the room. sir? Are you now not a scientist... sir?" The professor makes a sucking sound with his teeth and gives his student a silent. felt the professor's brain. "Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?". The class is in uproar. "So you don't accept God's moral code to do what is righteous?" "I believe in what is .

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