Well those of you guys who like Dan Gibson's work on Quranic Geography
., then you have to read the other guy Jay Smith and his Historical Origins of Islam.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAq22E3E_Us
I am not sure how many of you know/read him or watched his youtubes but here is wiki bioJay Smith (Christian apologist) Born 1954 (age 62–63) India
Nationality United States
Education B.A. Messiah College
M.Div. Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A Fuller Theological Seminary
Occupation Christian apologist
Known for apologetic, polemics, historical critique
)Early life Smith was born in India to Brethren in Christ missionaries and attended high school in India. His grandparents were also missionaries.
He earned a B.A. from Messiah College and then a masters of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary i apologetics. He has also earned an M.A. in Islamics from the Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD in apologetics and Polemics from the Melbourne School of Theology.Focus on Islam
In 1981, while studying for his masters, Smith took a seminar on Islam and noting that there were only 1,500 Christians ministering to Muslims worldwide, he decided to become a missionary to the Muslim world and pursued a second master's degree in Islamic studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.
In 1987, Smith moved to Senegal as a missionary and in 1992, he moved to London where he continued his education working on a Ph.D at the London School of Theology.[ In 2001, he halted his education to concentrate on apologetics following a series of Islamic terrorist attacks, including the attack of September 11, 2001.
In 2007, Smith continued working on his Phd at the Melbourne School of Theology. He runs the Hyde Park Christian Fellowship, which emphasizes the use of Polemics with Muslims over Apologetics, and has made appearances at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London.
Smith engages in public debates with prominent Muslim apologists and
scholars including Omar Bakri Muhammad, Azzam Tamimi, Shabir Ally, Anjem Choudary, Abdur Raheem Green and Hamza Tzortzis. ]
Smith believes that although both Islam and Christianity include radicals, moderates, and liberals,
it is radical Muslims that commit violence as they take the Qur’an seriously, while radical Christians who also take the Bible seriously serve others in love. He claims that radical Muslims model their lives on Muhammad, while radical Christians model their lives on Jesus Christ. Smith believes the growth in radical Islam in Britain is due to disaffected Muslims, often minimally religious, returning to their Islamic roots.
He says that after reading the Islamic scriptures, (the Quran in conjunction with the hadith, tafsir, and sira), they come to the conclusion that the Salafi/Athari understanding is the true form of Islam.. Smith also believes that although Western actions in the Islamic world can instigate Muslim discontent, it is the Islamic scriptures that encourage the violence. He also rues the fact that moderate Muslims are not able to challenge the radicals using scripture because he believes the radicals have the scriptual authority.. Smith believes that ultimately Muslims will realize that the Muslim scriptures are irrelevant to modern times..Smith's polemical approach has been praised by the likes of Salafi Omar Bakri Muhammad
I feel very comfortable with Jay (Smith, the apologist) – with him what you see is what you get. He is no hypocrite, and neither are Salafis. His words and actions match his heart. He does not pretend by saying soft words about Islam. The Qu’ran calls for debate… Most U.S. evangelicals refuse to debate Muslims, unlike the courage of Jay, who boldly cries "Jesus is Lord!"........
so watch him talk