AW: [thechat] King Preaches Abstinence to Parading Maidens

Martin Burns martin at
Sat Sep 14 06:06:01 CDT 2002

On Sat, 14 Sep 2002, Eike Pierstorff wrote:

> > -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> > > Syed, the Koran/Quran is NOT a science manual lol!  If it is,
> > it's a very
> > > very bad one!
> >
> > Sorry William, I just confused the meanings of "dense" with "thin". I have
> > already confessed about my mistake.
> > Quran is really not a science book but Quran tells us scientific
> > facts to make
> > us believe.
> The word "scientific" seems to be the offender here, but I guess one would
> have to agree that religious rules are often based upon observation of
> nature - like "You shall not eat an animal that will give you instant
> trichinosis" or "You shall cover your body or else you'll get a sunburn in
> the Saharah desert".

Yup - having read the Old Testament books of laws, I have to say that
they're a pretty reasonable public health manual for that environment and
level of technology.


"Names, once they are in common use, quickly
 become mere sounds, their etymology being
 buried, like so many of the earth's marvels,
 beneath the dust of habit." - Salman Rushdie

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