Andy Bannister


Dr. Andy Bannister 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

  • Summer School Update

    One of the most wonderful privileges of working for a ministry like RZIM is the myriad opportunities to see....

    - July 26, 2016  |  Posted In: Post

  • The Santa Delusion

    A charge that some people make is that religion in general and Christianity in particular are irrational. It's ridiculous....

    - July 14, 2016  |  Posted In: A Slice of Infinity Article

  • Repressive or Revelatory

    Novelist and philosopher, C. S. Lewis, once said something quite fascinating. He said that most people, if they have....

    - June 16, 2016  |  Posted In: A Slice of Infinity Article

  • No Matter the Cost

     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

  • The Measure of a Man

    One bright spring morning in the early 1630s, a wealthy Dutch merchant was delighted to receive a visit from....

    - January 20, 2016  |  Posted In: Post