Interfaith Discourse: Who is Christ?-Dr. Ali Ataie and Rev. Andrew Lobban

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Remember when the angels proclaimed, "O Mary! God gives you glad tidings of a word from Him, his name will be the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary; honored in this world and the Hereafter, and he will be one of those nearest to God

In one of the best interfaith sessions since the days of Shaykh Ahmed Deedat, Dr. Ali Ataie provides a powerful exploration of the history of Christ in the Bible. From close examinations of shifts in Christian belief about Isa (as), the Council of Nicea, the meaning of Hebrew words in the Bible, and so much more-Dr. Ali Ataie masterful defense of the Islamic tradition as it relates to Prophet Isa (as) should be apart of our Islamic literacy in the West. 
  In the first part of this discourse, Rev. Andrew Lobban explains general Christian belief about Jesus (as) as the ‘son of God’ and part of a trinity. 
This video is from a presentation at MCC East Bay

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Dr. Ali Ataie

Dr. Ali Ataie

Dr. Ali Ataie is undoubtedly one of the foremost leading scholars in comparative religions today.
He is currently a teacher and researcher of the Islamic Sciences and specializes in theology and biblical interpretation. Additionally he is also the President and Founder of Muslim Interfaith Council and has been heavily involved in interfaith activities for the past 15 years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Cal Poly State University in 2000, during which time he served as the President of the Muslim Students’ Association . He has been both a guest lecturer and guest instructor at several colleges and universities such as Cal Poly State , UC Davis , UC Berkeley, and Cal State East Bay . He studied various Islamic sciences under local Bay Area scholars and has dialogued and debated with several Christian scholars on a variety of topics ranging from the historicity of the resurrection of Christ (upon whom be peace) and the Prophet hood of Muhammad (upon whom be peace and blessings).

He is a graduate of the Badr Arabic Language Institute in Hadramawt, Yemen and studied at the prestigious Dar al-Mustafa under some of the most eminent scholars in the world. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, (the first Muslim seminarian in the 143 year history of the school to do so), and he has a PhD in Islamic Biblical Hermeneutics.

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