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A Classical Debate

Christianity and Islam have always debated over the nature of God’s revelation, and as to whether the Christian Bible or the Qur’an is the Word of the living God. This September 27, 2014, Christian scholar Jay Smith from the UK will be visiting the City of Toronto to debate with Muslim scholar Dr. Shabir Ally on “Which is the Word of God?” As chief-organizer of the event, Steven Martins will be moderating the debate to ensure honest and fair dialogue, encouraging positive discussions amongst Christian and Islamic communities.

About Jay Smith

As an evangelist and apologist to Muslims, Jay Smith holds a Masters degree in Islamic studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Ph.D. at Melbourne School of Theology. Jay is an expert in Christian-Muslim apologetics, working with Muslims for over 33 years. He is known worldwide for his unique evangelistic ministry, in which he leads dozens of Christian believers to the Speakers Corner of Hyde Park, London, to meet, be-friend, debate and share the Christian faith with Muslim believers.

About Dr. Shabir Ally

Arguing for the case of Islam and the Qur’an, Dr. Shabir Ally holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Islamic studies from the University of Toronto. He completed his B.A. in Religious Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a specialization in Biblical Literature. For over 30 years, he has been an active member of the Muslim community in Toronto, as well as an active participant in interfaith dialogues and initiatives. He is an internationally sought after speaker, scholar and Islamic theologian, and is the author of numerous booklets on Islam and the Abrahamic faiths. He has also recently taught courses on Arabic, the Qur’an, and Islam at the University of Toronto in the Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations department. Dr. Shabir Ally is also recognized as the active president of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto.

About the Moderator

Steven Martins, as moderator of the debate, holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and is working towards his Masters in Religious Studies. Operating as the president of Evangelium & Apologia Ministries, Steven specializes in evangelism, apologetics, and training & development. He has humbly agreed to take on the neutral role of the moderator to facilitate fair and open debate between both highly-esteemed speakers and to encourage positive conversations between the Christian and Muslim communities.

Location & Tickets

The Classical Debate will be taking place on September 27, 2014 at 2:30PM in the North York Chinese Baptist Church, 685 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario.

Purchase your tickets online for $10, or pay $12 at the door, but don’t wait too long as tickets are selling quicker than anticipated. You can purchase your tickets at


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