April 8, 2006

Was Christ Crucified?

Posted in Religion, Theology at 12:41 am by egalitaria

Tonight we had an absolutely wonderfully done-up multimedia version of the famous debate between Ahmed Deedat and Josh McDowell, on "Was Christ Crucified?", and you can find the entire transcript of it here

Deedat speaks with convincing confidence, but some of his arguments flail when he takes sentences and verses out of its context. He should know better though, because critics of Islam tend to do the same for the Qur'an, which I also feel is very unfair.

In any form of analytic literature, one is called to observe the context through which the passage is written. Only then will you garner its full flavour and gain the most understanding of its writings.

The basic thrust of the arguments of the night centred upon the identity of Christ. Whether or not he really died, and rose again – for upon this Christianity is grounded. If this were false, everything falls apart. The overriding question is to call upon history; nothing else proves or disproves.

An objective assessment is that for this debate, McDowell had the upper hand, using personal testimony which is powerful. However, I am told that Deedat's other debate with another Christian scholar maintained him as victor of the day, and one that most Muslims refer to. I must check this one out too.

What I say: In studying the Qur'an, the Bible and other written teachings, context is important. I am going to read the Qur'an in my room tonight and will remember to investigate it with the context in mind. If I expect the same of my holy book, I should objectively do the same for all others. A friend has an interesting take on Islam, which I'll try to summarise here soon. 



  1. Hedonese said,

    yup, some of us showed the Deedat CD in a student fellowship to let them wat’s happening outside… I heard it was a ‘slaughter’

    McDowell did better, but he’s more ‘defensive’ and more effective when dealing with naturalistic/atheistic skeptics…

    Anyway, i feel we need to move beyond the deedat soundbyte level of discourse and move to scholarly works like Ismail Faruqi’s stuffs… more fertile ground for bridge building and self-critical thots 🙂

    Some samples:

  2. egalitaria said,

    good stuff, hedonese. thanks for the link. soundbyte level indeed is a waste of time and effort. especially in this country when we don’t need to repeat what happens out there already, eh?

    when is the next discussion session for agora?

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