Fountain Archive

July 2008

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
The Fountain
6033

Suffering and Mercy

Last month marked a great loss in world literature; on June 10 Chingiz Aytmatov died. This author, who had earned worldwide fame, surrendered to his fate and left behind a long list of remarkable work... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen
7588

Longing for Love

It seems that we have forgotten how to act like human beings. We are far removed from representing our unique status among all of existence. Despite all the qualities we possess which the angels envy,... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
M. Fatih Yilmaz
4352

Confinement Systems for Fusion

The world’s energy sources are limited and in four or five decades they will be in short supply. However, the world’s increasing energy demands have led scientists to investigate alternative energy so... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Firat Kocol
7552

Al Feliz Pescador

As I stroll in the park on a Saturday afternoon, I enjoy the gentle touch of sunrays coming through the trees. A flute is playing Bach’s Badinerie in the distance. It is a beautiful day. I find a warm... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Melih Cubuklu
7086

Bacteria: The Real Stewards of the Environment

As a result of campaigns that have been led by number of celebrities, we are now aware that it is us, human beings, who have contaminated earth. As a result, the general public now has an increased aw... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Yuksel A. Aslandogan
6766

The Appeal of the Qur'an to Observation and Reason

Humans are endowed with the faculties of reason and intellect, and to ask them to abandon their intellectual faculties in developing their faith and relationship with God would be inconsistent with th... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Yigit Alarcin
7728

Darwinism and Altruism, Is There A Problem?

In Darwin’s theory of the survival of the fittest, those individuals best adapted to their environments are most likely to live another day and are therefore more likely to reproduce. Consequently, th... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Samuel Riccobene
6301

Neighborliness Common Ground for the Children of Abraham

Perhaps the most famous of all of the parables of Jesus is the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37). Jesus told parables, or stories, to convey a moral meaning. His parables were told so tha... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Alice Bolton
8063

Crime in the Mind of Dostoyevsky

The theoretical study of crime, due to its potential to provide us with a way to understand the human mind, has been one of the topics that have attracted the greatest interest in human philosophy. On... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6167

Qalb (Heart) - 2

Belief is the life of the heart; worship is the blood flowing in its veins; and reflection, self-supervision, and self-criticism are the foundations of its permanence. The heart of an unbeliever is de... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Mirkena Ozer
8100

A Pair of New Shoes

A pair of young feet in a pair of very old shoes walked along an awfully muddy road. The nine-year-old girl prayed with every squelch of the mud, “Isn’t it time for a new pair of shoes yet? Oh please,... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Arif Osmanli
4010

Radar-Evading Moths

Members of the animal kingdom are equipped with amazing features. Every species has a particular gift for communication, feeding, or defense. They communicate through various means, such as smell, vib... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Janibek Alpishev
7246

Scope of the Scientific Method and What Remains Beyond

Once Newton published his Principia in 1687, the world was never the same again. In a mere 750 pages a brand new world was presented where the same law governed both the falling of an apple and a gala... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Mesut Sahin
4957

Is the Suffering in the World in Agreement with God's Mercy?

To some individuals who want to believe, in particular, young minds, the pain and suffering that exist in the world today do not seem to be compatible with the Mercy of a Loving God. It is just too di... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Ihsan Omeroglu
4206

A Journey into Our Body with B<sub>12</sub>

Vitamins are organic (carbon-based) compounds that are necessary in tiny amounts for the biochemical activities that take place in our body. Since vitamins cannot be synthesized in our body (except fo... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Salih Uslu
9144

Sources of Happiness

Happiness is a subjective concept that evades accurate definitions or objective measurements. Social scientists, philosophers, and ordinary people have different perspectives when they are asked to de... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Kaan Kerem
5835

On the Unscientific Basis of the Crusade of Some Scientists against Religion

The voices as well as popularity of certain anti-religion scientists have increased lately. Such figures as evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins1 and neuroscience researcher Samuel Harris2 enjoy fam... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Irfan Yilmaz
5299

It's me, Peter, your Stomach!

Dear Peter, when your heart was telling you about itself in the previous issue (and perhaps you got a bit annoyed with him) I realized that it was talking for your own good. It not only was giving you... read more..

Issue 64 (July - August 2008)
Hikmet Isik
7536

We should think well of others

People’s way of thinking shapes their behavior. The way they are is parallel to how they think, and is connected to their potential. While a person keeps looking at things or events from the perspecti... read more..

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