DEARBORN, Michigan – Detroit area attorney Abdu Murray and Dr. Andy Bannister of Toronto (who holds a PhD in Islamic Studies) will discuss the topic “Is Christianity Delusional?” – on Thursday evening, April 18 – in a special community lecture and discussion at the University of Michigan, Dearborn Campus.
Andy and Abdu will be tackling Muslim and atheist challenges to the rationality of the Christian faith. The event will feature an interactive question and answer period. The discussion is being held at the University of Michigan’s Dearborn Campus, but it is open to the general public. The meeting will be located in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Science, and Letters (CASL) building, Thursday April 18th at 6:15 pm. There is no need to register and attendance is free of charge.
Abdu Murray, a familiar face in the Dearborn area business community, was born into a Shiite Muslim family that encouraged his studies of the Qur’an and Islam.
During several years of investigation into the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the major world religions, Abdu discovered that evidence for the historic Christian faith could withstand the toughest intellectual challenges.
In 1999, Abdu earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1995.
Several years ago Abdu founded Aletheia International to promote the credibility of the Gospel to Muslims and atheists. Aletheia is the Greek word for truth. The literal meaning of the word ἀ–λήθεια is “the state of not being hidden; the state of being evident” and also implies sincerity, factuality or reality. Recently the organization changed it’s name to Embrace the Truth.
Abdu is also author of the book: Apocalypse Later – Why the Gospel (Good News) of Peace Must Trump the Politics of Prophecy in the Middle East. Many scholars and theologians (Christian, Muslim and Jew) have pondered God’s promise to Abraham – “Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him.” After several years of research (around 1993), Abdu came across a passage of scripture where John the Baptist was warning the religious people of the day: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Abdu said he realized “it’s not important what your religious heritage is [your religious background]. What’s important is seeking the truth.”
Dr. Andy Bannister speaks and teaches regularly throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and the wider world. From churches to universities, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses audiences of Christians and Muslims and those of all faiths (and no faith) on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.
He has spoken, written, and taught at a variety of universities on both Islam and philosophy and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology.
When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He lives in Toronto and is married to Astrid.