Here you will find the resources linked with Dr David Coffey's lectures, on Thursdays at 7 p.m. beginning January 14th 2021. These lectures will explore the use of ideas which are admitted by both the Qur'an and the Bible in discussions between Muslims and Christians. You will hear about key historical figures, and consider important themes which can form the basis for constructive communication today.
Lecture 1*: January 14th, 21st, 28th
Introduction: What is 'admitted truth'
The historical lens: Muslim-Christian dialogue in the 7th-11th centuries A.D.
Mingana's translation of The apology of Timothy the Patriarch before the Caliph Mahdi, together with his introduction and a facsimile of the Syriac manuscript is available on the Internet Archive.
The translation alone is posted here.
Lecture 2: Feb 4th: Thinking about the sources in 19th century India:
Qur'an, Sunnah, Sirah; Old Testament, Gospels, writing by Jesus' disciples.
Lecture 3*: Feb. 11 and 25th; God: Essence and nature, attributes, acts.
NOTE THAT THE FEB 18TH LECTURE WAS POSTPONED DUE TO POWER OUTAGES IN HOUSTON. SUBSEQUENT LECTURES ARE ONE WEEK LATER THAN ORIGINALLY ADVERTISED.
Lecture 4: March 4th: Humanity, Sin and Salvation
Lecture 5: March 11th Messiah/Jesus
Lecture 6: March 18th: Sin and Salvation.
Final session: March 25th: Reflection and discussion.