Dr Andy Bannister is the Director of Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, speaking and teaching regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, and the wider world. From universities to churches, business forums to TV and radio, he regularly addresses audiences of Christians, atheists, agnostics and those of other faiths on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society. He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies and has taught extensively at universities across Canada, USA, UK and further afield on Islam and philosophy.
He is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an (2014), a groundbreaking innovative study revealing many of the ways the Qur’an was first composed, and Heroes: Five Lessons From Whose Lives We Can Learn (2015), looking at the lives of five giants of the Christian faith, and The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (Or: The Dreadful Consequences of Really Bad Arguments) (2015), a humorous engagement with the New Atheism movement. He also co-wrote and presented the TV documentary, Burning Questions.
When not travelling, speaking, or writing, he is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher.