The following is the press release for the debates that took place recently in Michigan:
The Center for Religious Debate and Ministry to Muslims recently issued challenges to several Muslim organizations and individuals to debate topics of central relevance to the truth claims of Christianity and Islam. The only Muslim to answer the call was Osama Abdallah of Answering-Christianity.com, who agreed to participate in four debates over the course of two days (Saturday, June 15th – Sunday, June 16th). Although it is widely agreed that Osama did not prevail in any of these debates, he was commended for having greater confidence in the defensibility of Islam over against Christianity than many other Muslims, particularly those Muslim groups like the Muslim Debate Initiative who were challenged but declined the invitation.
The first debate that took place was with Sam Shamoun, appropriately dubbed the man Muslims fear most, who is the primary writer for Answering-Islam.org, and addressed the question: “Is Muhammad a True Prophet?” The second debate featured Dr. Edward Dalcour, the founder and president of The Department of Christian Defense, on the topic: “Is Jesus the God-Man?” The third debate was with Anthony Rogers, also from Answering-Islam.org as well as AnsweringMuslims.com, on the topic “Is Muhammad in the Bible.” The fourth and final debate was with Louis Lionheart of Truthdefenders.com, who defended the proposition that the Bible we have today is the Word of God.
Apart from several intemperate outbursts from Osama Abdallah that disrupted the flow at points, the debates proved to be very enlightening for those who were in attendance and invigorated the confidence of many Christians, some of whom travelled from far away countries to attend the events.
Here is the first debate between Sam Shamoun and Osama Abdallah. The other debates will be added here as they become available.
The second debate, the one I did with Osama, can be found here: