Do Christian and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Posted: December 31, 2015 in Apologetics, islam
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[Original Post: Dec 31]

The internet has exploded from academics around the country over tolerance-tension-large1the Wheaton University’s political scientist Larycia Hawkins who posted on Facebook Dec. 10 that “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”  While her sentiment of standing in accord with Muslims by wearing a hijab was not questioned, it was the last statement of worshiping the same God which caused administration to put her on leave.

To catch up on the issue you can read the Christianity Today article.  As of a couple of days ago, it seems as talks have come to an impasse.  A Washington Post article followed up the story with Wheaton student reactions.  Hawkins has had to reaffirm the Wheaton statement of faith four different times showing a history of “pushing the theological envelope” according to Jay Wesley Richards on a facebook post.

While I am interested in how Wheaton will resolve this issue, the more interesting question is the controversy that has sprung up around the question: Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?

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Many have weighed in on this question.  Here is a listing of just some of the responses:

Francis Beckwith, Catholic philosopher at Baylor University has affirmed that Muslms and Christians do worship the same God:

Beckwith follows up here with a roundu

Michael Rea, Philosophy professor at the University of Notre Dame and the Logos Institute for Analytic Theology at the University of St. Andrews., concurred with Beckwith:

Nancy Pearcey, Houston Baptist University professor of apologetics, quickly responded to Beckwith with a Facebook article:

Former Muslim and author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Nabeel Quershi, emphatically wrote in an opinion piece that “Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God.”

Dr. Michael Brown who holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University has also weighed in the topic:

Scot McKnight, professor of the New Testament at Northern Seminary, writes his piece of mind”

Richard Davis, of Tyndale University College in Toronto, Ontario and is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BSc in Evolutionary Biology) and the University of Toronto (MA and PhD in Philosophy), recently posted a response to Beckwith and Rea

While not responding the the Wheaton hijab controversy, William Lane Craig has written an article on the topic:

This video is of Dr. Craig’s address to the National Religious Broadcasters annual convention in February 2015 titled “The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity.”:

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