August 1981 Durban, South Africa. The debate was initiated from the Muslim side, Ahmed Deedat, a well-known Muslim public speaker in South Africa, who had read Josh’s book Evidence That Demands a Verdict, and during 1980 wrote to him, challenging him to come debate issues regarding the Christian and Muslim views on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Josh accepted.
“The Islam Debate by Josh McDowell, John Gilchrist”, contains the famous debate between Josh Mcdowell and a Muslim apologist, Ahmed Hoosen Deedat.Josh McDowell born 1939 is a Christian author best known for his many works of apologetics. He has been affiliated with Campus Crusade for Christ since 1964. His many books include “Evidence that Demands a Verdict: Historical Evidence for the Christian Faith”, “More Evidence That Demands a Verdict”, “Daniel in the Critics’ Den”, “More Than a Carpenter”, “The Resurrection Factor”, “Jesus: A Biblical Defense of His Diety”, “He Walked Among Us” etc.
The Introduction to this book by coauthor John Gilchrist states, “Islam is committed to challenging the claims of Christianity… What is needed is … for discussion to be greatly increased in a spirit of amicability, love and mutual understanding. Such a debate took place between Josh McDowell and Ahmed Deedat… in Durban, South Africa, during August 1981… It was conducted in a spirit of warmth and tolerance without either speaker being expected to dilute his message or refrain from debating the issues head-on… The text of the debate is recorded at the end of this book and the open, frank, but charitable manner in which the speakers gave account of themselves is clear for all to see. The debate was initiated from the Muslim side. Ahmed Deedat… had read Josh McDowell’s book, ‘Evidence That Demands a Verdict,’ and during 1980 wrote to him, challenging him to come to South Africa to debate the issues regarding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Muslim leader had held similar debates in South Africa with other Christians…” (Pg. 9-10).Read this book to know more about the Islam debate.
Issues discussed in this book includes, Historical background of Islam, the life of Muhammad, Gospel of Barnabas, Reliability of the Bible, as the Comforter, deity of Christ, Crucifixion etc.