Dr. Andy Bannister is the Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He speaks and teaches regularly throughout Canada, the US, Europe, and the wider world. From churches to universities, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses both Christian audiences and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics, and society.
With a background in youth ministry before studying theology and philosophy (focusing especially on Islam), Andy was previously based in Oxford, where he worked with churches and organizations across the denominational spectrum.
Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies, a topic on which he has taught extensively. He has spoken and taught at universities across Canada, the US, the UK, and farther 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 is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an, a groundbreaking and innovative study that reveals many of the ways the Qur’an was first composed. His latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism.
When not traveling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber, and photographer. He lives in Toronto and is married to Astrid; they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher.
Articles / Broadcasts
How different might our culture look if Christians were prepared to live out our lives as followers of Jesus....
- May 13, 2016 | Posted In: Just Thinking Article
What is your favorite Christmas memory? One of my favorite Christmas memories are the candlelight carol services that took place....
- December 21, 2015 | Posted In: Article
It would be hard to underestimate the significance of Jesus. No other person has had a greater historical impact.....
- December 14, 2015 | Posted In: Just Thinking Article
Justin Bierley with the award-winning weekly radio show and podcast, Unbelievable, interviewed RZIM Canada Director Andy Bannister alongside atheist Ed....
- August 26, 2015 | Posted In: Article
Andy Bannister answers the question "Why believe the Bible rather than the Qur'an?" If you want to read more widely....
- May 14, 2015 | Posted In: Article