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Chance or creation? : God's design in the universe

Author: Jāḥiẓ; M A Abdel Haleem
Publisher: Reading, Berkshire : Garnet, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st English edView all editions and formats
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Did the world come about by chance or through creation? This book, attributed to the ninth-century Arab author al-Jahiz, discusses the evidence of God's design in the universe. Looking at the world around us and mankind's place in it, he argues that the design, harmony and wisdom in the natural world show that the world was created consciously. In answer to those who say that all things came about by chance, he  Read more...
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Jāḥiẓ, -868 or 869.
Chance or creation?
Reading, Berkshire : Garnet, ©1995
(OCoLC)988743488
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jāḥiẓ; M A Abdel Haleem
ISBN: 1859640672 9781859640678
OCLC Number: 35682616
Description: xvii, 130 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1 The Universe and the Organisation of its Parts (starting p. 1) --
2 The Creation of the Earth (starting p. 21) --
3 Plants (starting p. 31) --
4 Animals (starting p. 43) --
5 Human Beings (starting p. 71) --
6 Philosophical Arguments (starting p. 111)
Responsibility: attributed to al-Jahiz ; translated and introduced by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem.

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Did the world come about by chance or through creation? This book, attributed to the ninth-century Arab author al-Jahiz, discusses the evidence of God's design in the universe. Looking at the world around us and mankind's place in it, he argues that the design, harmony and wisdom in the natural world show that the world was created consciously. In answer to those who say that all things came about by chance, he argues that the ecosystem is playing out a divine plan. In his innovative approach he was centuries ahead of most other thinkers, and the modern reader will appreciate his holistic approach.

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