Sunday, June 2, 2013

An important debate- Muslim & Christian

Every two years there is a Muslim/Christian dialogue in Dubai in the  United Arab Emirates. It is one of the best debates I have watched, the speakers are intelligent and gracious to each other. This year it was on live streaming, and the issue debated is "How can we find forgiveness from a Holy God? The Christian speaker is Thabiti  Anyabwile, a Baptist pastor from the Cayman Islands. He has written many books including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church.   The Muslim speaker is Shabir Ally  "the president of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto where he functions as Imam."

Two thoughts on this debate as it might relate to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This is a real debate; each person stands up for what they believe and yet they are friends. Secondly I am reminded of the differences between the orthodox and the progressives as I listen. Part of the reason is because Muslims do not believe in original sin and the other reason is because Ally is using progressive views of the Scripture.

The whole debate is about three hours long with questions and answers at the end. It is best to start at about.16:00 because the first part is a poor recording. It is long, but very worth the time it takes to listen.
Watch live streaming video from mcdialogues at

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