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    Posted: 25 January 2019 at 4:03am
Dr. Jeffrey Lang, Mathematics Professor at Kansas University, gave this speech 20 years ago at Purdue University.

I was watching it yeaterday, and found it a very interesting talk that may benefit some of our posters here.

He describes his personal journey going from being a strong atheist to Islam after reading the Qur'an with an open mind.

The way he describes his personal reactions as he started reading Chapter 1, then the story of Adam and Eve in Chapter 2, is tremendously interesting.

When you have time over the weekend, check out Part 1 here:


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Night 2 of Dr. Jeffrey Lang's Talk at Purdue University

In this second talk, the speaker starts by explaining what happened to him as he concluded reading the Quran from cover to cover.

Basically, all his questions as an atheist against the existence of God were answered.

This does not mean that faith immediately replaced disbelief in his mind, but that at least after his first read of the Qur'an, his main questions about the purpose of life and doubts about the possibility for the existence of a Creator were answered.

He started to have doubts about his atheist beliefs, so he continued his research to find out for himself.

He then goes on to explain what else caught his attention as he read the Qur'an, with a Q&A session after his talk:


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I have watched the first 40 minutes of the video. Will more later. Based on his own words it doesn't sound to me like he ever really did not believe that a god exists. It just sounds like he was just mad at his god. The way he talks about reading the beginning and then surah 2 he just took it at its word that that was indeed Allah speaking to him in it. So far I am not impressed with this mans critical thinking skills.
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His negative childhood experience with his father made him believe that God did not exist, as if He existed why did He make him, his mother and his brothers suffer so much?

And that was Dr. Lang's position till the age of 28...

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