After the debate between Dr. John Lennox and Dr. Christopher DiCarlo on the question: “Has Science Made God Irrelevant?” (which will be posted on this website soon), I helped organize and host a followup event called “No Question’s Off Limits! An Open Forum” at the University of Toronto.
Addressing burning questions about God, science, suffering, sex, the Bible, natural evil, the opening chapters of Genesis, Jesus, meaning, hope, love, world religions, purpose, truth, etc. was our expert panel.
ABDU MURRAY received his B.A. (Psychology) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Michigan. Three times he was named to the Best Lawyers in America.
For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine year investigation into the historical, philosophical, and scientific underpinnings of the major world religions and views, Abdu discovered that the historic Christian faith alone can answers the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart.
Abdu has spoken in numerous venues both and to diverse audiences in the United States and internationally, including many universities. Abdu has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and televisions programs all over the world. He hosts Embrace The Truth with Abdu Murray, a radio show heard on WLQV AM 1500 in Detroit and worldwide on the internet and podcast. Abdu is an Adjunct speaker with RZIM and is the Visiting Professor of Christian Thought and Apologetics at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. His most recent book is called “Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews.”
DR. BILL GARDNER is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. He received his B.S.E.E. (Computer science) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his B.Ed. from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. (Computer Science) from the University of Victoria. He also studied theology for two years at Tyndale University. Dr. Gardner currently teaches software development and parallel programming. His research is in developing tools for high-performance computing message-passing programming (the Pilot library), and for software synthesis from formal specifications (CSP++).
ANDREW I. SHEPARDSON, “Ike,” is a Ph.D. student in theological studies at the University of Toronto. He received a B.A. in history from Regis University and an M.A. in philosophy of religion from Denver Seminary. His primary interests are in philosophy of religion, and he is currently working on comparative natural theology in Christianity and Islam.
NICK HILL has been a campus staff member with Power to Change at the University of Toronto for the last five years. He loves to spend time with students of different worldviews to learn, to discuss, and to talk about the big questions of life. Nick organizes many large and small events at U of T. Some of these events have included: “Is it True? Getting to the Heart of the World’s Religions,” “Why? Exploring Life’s Key Questions?,” and “God + Reason: A Christian Perspective.”
Nick holds a B.A. in Christianity and Culture from Trinity Western University. He has also studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.