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Qur'an speaks of an expanding universe (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Qur'an speaks of an expanding universe (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CJ531:

The Qur'an speaks of an expanding universe. It says (51:47), "And it is We who have constructed the heaven with might, and verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it." This indicates the Qur'an's divine origin and thus its accuracy.

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CreationWiki response: (Talk Origins quotes in blue)

1. The translation above is mistaken or at best forced. Better translations of the last clause are "we are the ones who enrich it" or "we it is who made the vast extent".

Talk Origins is correct in calling this a bad translation.

2. The following verse (51:48) says, "And the earth We have laid out." Suras 51:47-48 appear to be a rough translation of Isaiah 42:5: "Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and what comes from it. . . ." If divine origin is imputed on the basis of these verses, credit should go to the Bible, not the Qur'an.

Talk Origins is correct here as well. It is nice to see Talk Origins say something positive about the Bible, small as it may be, but let us give credit where it is due.

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