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Does science validate religion?

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Religious arguments about science having validated or vindicated religious claims come in a variety of forms. Perhaps the most common one is that the Big Bang is vindication of various creation myths. This claim is often supported by raising the now defunct scientific theory of the static and eternal universe, which was later replaced by the Big Bang theory. Science, according to these arguments, simply had some growing up to do until it could discover the Big Bang theory, and therefore “catch up” to where religion had been all along. Many Muslims also have a way of advancing this argument by pointing out that such things as fetal development and the role of seminal fluid in pregnancy were detailed in the Qur’an long before science had a chance to “catch up” to it as well.
One of the things that make this argument barely even worth dismissing is that the point it makes is so weak in the first place. It generally tries to establish that since an ancient book or person had revealed a fact that was not widely known until much later, that this somehow indicates that the book or person in question was divine, or at least divinely inspired. It is almost needless to say that this is an argument from ignorance. This often takes the shape of a religious person asking how an ancient tribesman (Abraham; Moses; Jesus; Mohammed; Joseph Smith, later on) could possibly have such advanced knowledge. Even if you were to accept the parameters of such a loaded question, there would still be many ways to answer this question in non supernatural ways. But the problem here is not so much with asking the question as it is with “answering” it in such a tremendously illogical and improbable way, and doing so despite a complete lack of supporting evidence. Pay close attention the next time you are told that something must have been divinely inspired, and are then asked “How else can you explain it?”. What your counterpart is essentially saying is that unless you can disprove a supernatural claim, or provide an alternate explanation, well then the supernatural explanation must therefore be true, which is a double fallacy - a Non Sequitur, based on an argument from ignorance.
It is also interesting to note that nothing truly useful or unique is ever “revealed” to any of the ancients - nothing about germs, antibiotics, nuclear energy, electricity and aerodynamics; nothing indeed that was not already known, or at least theorised, at the time.
Finally, if your counterpart still thinks that their argument is impervious to logical fallacies, go ahead and show them how two can play this game, and demonstrate what happens when you apply their flawed reasoning to other arguments:
1. If such an enormous Non Sequitur can connect the Big Bang theory to the existence of Yahweh or Allah, then it just as easily connects the Big Bang to any other deity - from the Hindu Lord Brahma, to the Egyptian deity Atum, to the African deity Boshongo.
2. If Muhammad's ancient knowledge about seminal fluid and embryology could have only come from Allah (not that these things were not already known at the time), then 800 years before Muhammad was even born, Eratosthenes’ ancient knowledge about the circumference of the earth, and the tilt of the earth’s axis, could have only come from Zeus.

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