Is anything really gained from debates between Christians and adherents of other religions? Some say no and that sparring intellectually simply alienates those who believe differently. But for Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, a Muslim convert to Christianity, a debate between a Christian and Muslim apologist actually accelerated his journey to Christ. And interestingly, today Nabeel will be debating that same Muslim apologist who participated in that formative debate about 11 years ago.
The Muslim apologist is Dr. Shabir Ally, president of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto. And, the debate takes place today at 5 p.m. Central/6 p.m. Eastern on the Campus of Wayne State University and I will be moderating it. The debate will specifically focus on “What is God Really Like?” As you may know, Muslims believe in Jesus — but not like Christians do. They believe Jesus was a prophet of God, but He certainly was not God and He did not resurrect from the dead. Only Allah is God, they say. And, the Trinity is merely polytheism in disguise.
The debate will be fascinating, for sure, but I’m confident it will also be incredibly productive. Last Saturday, Nabeel joined me on Up for Debate and discussed why debates with people of other faiths are so important. He also explained how Christians can use these events to reach out to Muslims or religious skeptics they know.
I will be streaming video of the debate live here on JulieRoys.com. Moody Radio will also be rebroadcasting the debate at 8 p.m. Friday and again at 2 p.m. Saturday.