In one of the internet forum, someone give me the link to the Council of Secular Humanism.There is an interesting article, an interview from Free Inquiry Magazine with Arthur C. Clarke where his short biography can be found in here.
From the interview, I understand that Arthur C. Clarke is an atheist.
As from an atheist point of view, this is an interesting interview to read. The title also provocative as my opinions, “God, Science, and Delusion, A Chat With Arthur C. Clarke”
But while reading the interview, somehow I really surprised with the interview.
This is an interesting quote from the interview that surprised me.
FI: Do you see any value at all in the various religions?
Clarke: Though I sometimes call myself a crypto-Buddhist, Buddhism is not a religion. Of those around at the moment, Islam is the only one that has any appeal to me. But, of course, Islam has been tainted by other influences. The Muslims are behaving like Christians, I’m afraid.
FI: What appeals to you in Islam?
Clarke: Historically, Islam had a great deal of tolerance for other views and offered the world its priceless wisdom in the form of astronomy and algebra. And, as you know, Islam helped rescue Western civilization from the Dark Ages by preserving classical texts and transmitting them to the West. We, on the other hand, burned the library at Alexandria. If Islam hadn’t fallen into internecine warfare and had gone on to conquer the rest of Europe, we’d have avoided a thousand years of Christian barbarism.
So based on an atheist opinion or simply said based on Arthur C. Clarke opinions, that Islam has more tolerance and more respect for science rather than any other religions.
But sadly, from time to time, Islam become more corrupt because of some reasons. Some Imams or some leaders uses only few verses from Quran that will only benefits them, and disregards the others verses.
You must read Quran as a book, not only verses by verses.
I’m a logical person, and until today, I only see that Islam is the most logical religions compare to others.