Is there a better way to have discourse on these questions that really do matter? Join Dr. Andy Bannister as he tries to do just that—journeying across three countries—talking to a wide range of experts—people of all faiths and none—in search of some clarity. Whether you’re a skeptic or a seeker, a doubter or a disciple, Burning Questions will encourage you to listen well, think deeply and to follow the evidence where it leads.
Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?
Episode 2: God & Science
Since the scientific revolution kicked off in the 16th and 17th centuries, we’ve seen tremendous advances across the disciplines of science in physics, chemistry, and biology. So successful has science been, so rapidly has it advanced, that many people believe that science has simply pushed God out of the picture. Indeed, one Oxford professor said to me, “The question is a simple one – hasn’t science buried God?”
Episode 3: The Problem of Evil
Just over 100 years ago, the Titanic was about the depart on her maiden voyage. The docks at Southampton were full and packed with people. Little did they know that four days later the Titanic would ram into an iceberg and sink tragically with a loss of 2,500 lives. Whatever our worldview whether we are Atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindus, Christians — whatever it is that you believe, disasters raise the question “why?” Why, in particular, do bad things happen to good people?
Toronto is one of the most multi-cultural cities that you’ll find on planet earth. Here you’ll find people from every culture, country, religion, and belief system that you could imagine. The huge diversity of religions that exists raises a profound question. Even if you have concluded that there is some kind of higher power out there, which religion do you choose?
The Bible has been the best selling book of all time — selling millions upon millions of copies each year. Meanwhile numerous regimes and countries around the world have tried to ban it from their borders. Thousands of Christians have spent time in jail or have faced execution for simple crime of trying smuggle the Bible into those countries. The Bible has inspired devotion and it’s inspired fear. But behind all that lies a much bigger question.
Is the Bible just a collection of myths, legends, and fairytales for children? Or is there more to it than that? Is the Bible reliable? Join Dr. Andy bannister as he addresses the question: Can we trust the Bible?
Throughout history hundred of thousands of Christians have faced torture, persecution, and arrests for what they believe about Jesus. What is it about one man’s teaching and one man’s claims that could inspire such devotion and commitment from people? In short, who was Jesus?
Dr. Andy Bannister is the Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He speaks and teaches regularly throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and the wider world. From churches to universities, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses audience of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.
Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies, a topic on which he has taught extensively, especially since 9/11 and the huge interest that was sparked in the subject by the events of that day. He has spoken and taught at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. Andy’s academic book, An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an, was published last year by Lexington Books and his new book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments) is being published in fall 2015.