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Published on May 26, 2011

Is Jesus Christ God or just a prophet?

What does the Bible say about the identity of Jesus Christ?

Why is the question over Jesus' true identity so important?

What do Muslims believe about Jesus? Is he a prophet or more than a prophet?

In October 2000, the Faith & Science Lecture Forum hosted an engagement to discuss the question, "Who is the true Jesus?" Peggy Wehmeyer, former religion correspondent for ABC News, moderated the debate.

Representing the Muslim perspective was Shabir Ally: Shabir Ally has earned 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 fourth year of Ph.D studies in Quranic Exegesis at the University of Toronto.

He is the president of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto where he functions as Imam.

He travels internationally to represent Islam in public lectures and interfaith dialogues.

He explains Islam on a weekly television program called "Let the Quran Speak.

Representing the Christian side was Mr. Jay Smith, a Ph.D. candidate in Islamic studies at Brunel University in London.

He has participated in many debates that have included distinguished opponents such as Benazir Bhuto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The Topic of Debate: Who is the true Jesus?

Shabir Ally (www.Shabirally.com)

vs.

Jay Smith (www.debate.org.uk)

(Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

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