Dr. Richard Shumack

Director of The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam
Academic Director, Understanding and Answering Islam Program, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
Research Fellow, The Centre for Public Christianity
B Surv. – BTh – PhD

Richard is based in Sydney with his wife and four sons. He enjoys Australian football, golf, curry and the beach.

He has studied extensively on the Islamic faith and has worked as a fellow specialising in philosophy of religion with the Centre for Public Christianity. He is also involved with the Understanding and Answering Islam team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Richard teaches regularly on ministry in Muslim contexts in Australian colleges, universities, churches and schools.

Area of Study

  • Intercultural Studies
  • Philosophy & Apologetics (PE)
  • Research Interests

    My main research interests concern the philosophy of religion. I focus on the reasonableness of religious beliefs – particularly the religious beliefs of Christians and Muslims.


    Certainty and doubt: what is nature of human doubt and certainty and what degree of certainty is required for religious faith?

    The epistemic duties of religious believers: to what degree are we responsible to examine the epistemic credentials of our own faith, and those faiths that make competing truth claims?

    In this area, my key work is my PhD thesis (An Uncertain Certainty, University of Melbourne, 2012) which examined various Muslim arguments for the degree to which Muslim beliefs can be held to be certain.

    Philosophical issues particularly in discussion/dispute between Christianity and Islam

    Philosophical apologetics: topics include the hiddenness of God, divine revelation, ethics. My major publication in this regard is The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity, Island View Publishing, 2014.

    Ramified natural theology: researching the degree to which Christian beliefs can be philosophically derived or confirmed via evidence freely available to all humans and apart from personal divine revelation. Publications include Muslim Natural Theology Fights Back, Philosophia Christi, Vol 18, No.1, 2016.

    Christian Philosophy of Sport

    I have a side interest in the philosophy of sport. Particularly, I research the ethics of competition and violent sport. I have written papers on this for the Sydney Swans.

    Recent Publications


      Muslim Natural Theology Fights Back: Bolstering Christian Ramified Natural Theology Against Muslim Objections, Philosophia Christi, Vol 18, No 1, 2016.


      The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity, (Sydney: Island View, 2014) (Check it out here)