Debate: IS THE QURAN TRUSTWORTHY?
On October 17, 2015, Muslim apologist Shadid Lewis (Muslim Debate Initiative USA Regional Director) and Christian apologist Vocab Malone (host of Urban Theologian Radio) debated the question: is the Quran trustworthy? in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Both men are orthodox and share a laid-back yet intense street-styled approach. The speakers’ “urban sensibilities” plus TWO 20-minute cross examinations make this debate extremely unique and informative. Filled with information but fast-paced; you do not want to miss this lively discussion!
Categories: Debates, Evidences for the Quran's Claims, Islam, Videos
A very interesting debate. Vocab Malone has an interesting way of speaking and presenting himself and I loved that it posed a challenge to Shadid. Brother Shadid did a great job countering the majority of the arguments. I would like to point out a few things, please consider them constructive criticism/comments.
The complaint that Muslims always ‘quote other sources rather than the Quran itself’ or that they rely on external sources is a very common one that I’ve heard many,many times in different debates. I can understand their complaint and would appreciate a way to counter this argument.
Also the idea that the Quran has been preserved perfectly is very hard to portray to non-Muslims simply because the definition of ‘perfect’ is not agreed upon. If we are to take the non-Muslims point of view that it is a 100% carbon copy of what was revealed then we wouldn’t be having a debate because it is not. The little differences in dialect (sometimes words or arrangements) is enough to make the argument moot. I noticed a lot of Muslims are not aware that these differences exist.
The following YouTube video is the first episode of how the Quran was revealed in a very simplistic manner. It is in Arabic and regretfully I haven’t found a good English alternative. I highly recommend putting the effort to understanding them.
Thank you both for your time. I find that these debates strengthen my belief and encourage me to further educate myself.