The video is now available to watch of the debate between MDI Trinidad’s br Ijaz Ahmad and seasoned Christian apologist Dr Tony Costa live on Trinity Channel/ ABN TV Studios on Friday 9th October, 2015, on the topic: Was Jesus the Son of God or Only the Prophet of God?
The debate has had some interesting reviews from those who enjoy Muslim-Christian debates. Ijaz Ahmad commented on the subsequent discussions that the debate had raised amongst audiences:
The approach I took in this debate has piqued the interest of the inter-faith dialogue community. I chose not to use the historical/ Biblical interpretation route (Son of God has many meanings). Rather, I accepted that my opponent believes that Jesus was God/ the Son of God. From that, I argued based on the philosophy of religion and on the ontology (nature of his God), that Jesus did not meet or fulfill the criteria of God (defined in the debate as a maximally perfect being).
In other words, I asked very important questions. If Jesus is God, does he demonstrate the qualities of a deity? Do the beliefs of Christians regarding the Son of God’s place in the Trinity, make any sense? Are those beliefs consistent, are they rational? Do they contain heretical teachings? Do Christians appeal to heresies to defend the Trinity?
P1: If the beliefs about the Son of God by Christians are inconsistent and irrational, then Jesus is not the Son of God.
P2: The beliefs about the Son of God by Christians are inconsistent and irrational.
C: Therefore Jesus is not the Son of God.
The debate was absolutely wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with Dr. Costa, and I was very much pleased with the outcome. Quite a lot of Muslims thanked me for introducing these arguments, and for not repeating the same arguments that have traditionally been used for debates about this topic since time immemorial. I always try to introduce new information, new arguments, new research when I debate. The goals are to raise and advance the level of intellectual discourse, to discuss the fundamental and essential beliefs about our respective faiths, and finally to educate the public.
May Allah reward all those who take their time to watch the debate, Ameen.
And Allah knows best.