The Jesus of History & Faith ( Lindsay's Opening Statement - 1 of 5 )

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Is Jesus Christ God or just a prophet? Did He ever claim to be God? What do the ancient texts tell us? What do Muslims believe about Jesus? Is he a prophet or more than a prophet? Representing the Muslim perspective was Shabir ally: Shabir Ally holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a specialization in Biblical Literature, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Quranic Exegesis. He is now in his third year of PhD studies in Quranic Exegesis at the University of Toronto. Shabir is the founder of the Islamic Information and Da'wah Centre in Toronto, Canada. Representing the Christian side was Rev. Lindsay G. King: Rev King is actively involved with the Family Life Foundation. Since 1964 he has given a series of lectures which he calls The PNEUMA (The Human Spirit) factor. LOVE is the foundation, the core and the goal of this very popular program. Rev. King was born in Bell Island, Newfoundland in 1930. He undertook undergraduate work in philosophy and psychology at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. Theological Training was done at Pine Hill Divinity Hall, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was ordained to the United Church ministry in 1953, and founded the first congregation at Happy Valley, Labrador. He did his Postgraduate studies (Master's degree) at Boston University in 1955, and his M.Div. at Pine Hill in 1974. Lindsay served churches at Tide Head, New Brunswick; Point Claire, PQ; Scarborough, Ontario, and come to Willowdale United Church in 1966. His wife is Jean Turner of Hartland, New Brunswick. They have a daughter Cathy and a son Turner. There are also two granddaughters, Neda and Roslyn by Turner and Farah. The Topic: The Jesus of History & Faith A dialogue between Shabir Ally and Rev. Lindsay King (Islamic Information & Da'wah Centre, Toronto, Canada 22nd September 1998) 

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