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Refu­ta­tion to exter­nal con­tra­dic­tions” of the Qur’an

In one of his recent arti­cles, Sam Shamoun con­tends that because the Qur’an cites the response of the Israelites to Yah­we­h’s covenant as We hear and we dis­obey” (2:93 ; 4:46) where­as the Bible quotes the same as We will do every­thing the LORD has said ; we will obey” (Exo­dus 24:7) and We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.” (Joshua 24:24), there­fore, the Qur’an, and I quote Shamoun, is in error, a point which can­not be debat­ed on his­tor­i­cal or log­i­cal grounds.” This hubris­tic remark results from shut­ting one’s eyes from the con­text of the cit­ed Qur’an­ic remark in verse 2:93, as well as the com­ple­men­tary nature of 4:46 in its elab­o­ra­tion. The issue dis­cussed in the con­text of 2:93 was the mali­cious tongue-twist­ing of the Israelites, which, in prac­tice, was reflec­tive of their dis­re­spect­ful and defi­ant atti­tude vis-a-vis the impli­ca­tions of Yah­we­h’s covenant.

Basi­cal­ly, the gist of the mis­sion­ary claim is :

Why does the Qur’an say that ants talk (27:18 – 19)? Every­one knows that ants com­mu­ni­cate by chem­i­cals detect­ed by scent and nev­er sound ! Is this not a sci­en­tif­ic error in the Qur’an ? 

This style of argu­ment is quite sopho­moric in that it is entire­ly based on some­one who does not even have a rudi­men­ta­ry lev­el under­stand­ing of zool­o­gy or ento­mol­o­gy (I believe this is cov­ered in 9th-Grade Biol­o­gy in the USA). Its sad­ly typ­i­cal of this genre of anti-Islam­ic qua­si-polemi­cists. You seri­ous­ly could­n’t go to the library or even do a web search for infor­ma­tion on acoustic com­mu­ni­ca­tion by ants ? What does this say about your cred­i­bil­i­ty as a genre collectively ?