Video of Muslim, Christian Dialogue on “Who is God?” Relevant Series at the University of Toronto

It was a great joy to again co-lead the University of Toronto mission week. During the Relevant Series week, 1500 students attended 17 talks. Here is a video of an interesting dialogue between a Muslim and a Christian. Thanks to Steve Hewko for his help with organizing and moderating this dialogue.

Who is God and what should our response be as human beings? How should we love our neighbour? Christians and Muslims share these two great questions, but have different approaches to answering them. Watch a rich dialogue between a Muslim and a Christian as they speak on their faith’s understanding of the nature of God, and how these differences play out in terms of what they offer to a hurting world in need of hope.

SPEAKERS:

VINAY KHETIA was born and raised in Toronto. He has a undergraduate degree in Religious and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto, completed an MA in the History and Philosophy of Religion at Concordia University, and is currently a PhD Candidate in the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University with a specialization in Shi’ism and the Anthropology of Religion. Throughout the years Vinay has also studied at various traditional Islamic seminaries in London, Iraq and Syria. He serves as an Imam in Toronto.

Vinay has written and published various articles dealing with the Qur’an and Islamic Law in peer reviewed academic publications.

ABDU MURRAY, is North American Director with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and is the author of “Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews.” 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 answer the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart.

Abdu holds a BA from the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, Abdu was named several times in Best Lawyers in America.

MODERATOR:

STEVE HEWKO is the Program Director at Wycliffe College, at the University of Toronto. He has a BSc degree from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Theological Studies from Wycliffe College. Steve is currently completing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Islamic and Christian theology focusing on theologies of religion.

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