10 Year Celebration of the Arthur Jeffery Centre – Perspective Series

 

Revolutionising Qur’an Studies – How Computers Are Raising Huge Questions About the Qur’an

 

WEDNESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER AT 7:00PM for a 7:30PM start

 

Special Guest Lecturer
Andy Bannister
Director of the Solas Centre for Public
Christianity
Lecturer with the Ravi Zaccharias
International Ministries

 

Andy (Andrew) Bannister, an adjunct research fellow with Melbourne School of Theology, has recently completed ground breaking studies in a computer-based analysis of the Qur’an. His findings have been published in An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an. His studies have also led to the creation of an innovative website the Qur’an Gateway – a powerful software tool for the Qur’an some what like Logos is for the Bible. The launch of the software was attended by leading critical scholars of the Qur’an from Oxford, Notre Dame and even the influential Muslim university of Al-\ Azhar in Cairo. The software was universally recognised as generations ahead of any previously existing research tool.

Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and has taught at universities across Canada, the US and UK. He is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and has also lectured with the Ravi Zaccharias International Ministries. He regularly addresses audiences on issues relating to faith, culture and politics. Andy spoke at the 2017 MST Leonard Buck Lecture where his book The Atheist who didn’t Exist (or ‘The Terrible Consequences of Rally Bad Arguments), which is a humorous engagement with New Atheism was well received.

Followed by a light supper for the 10 Year Celebration of the Arthur Jeffery Centre.