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I had the privilege of participating in an InterFaith Dialogue at the University of Texas at Dallas on Thursday night November 14. The local university chapter of Reasonable Faith UTD and the Muslim Student Association of UTD organized the event and had a great turnout. Thanks to both organizations and my interlocutor Fahad Tasleem for a lively, civil, and intellectually stimulating evening.

Fahad Tasleem is the the head of U.S. Outreach for iERA. We hit it off like old friends the moment we meet. It was an honor and privilege to participate in the event, dialogue on the nature of salvation from the Islamic and Christian traditions, and share the gospel in my presentation. It was recorded and below is a video of the event. Hope you enjoy.

This is an issue that just won’t quit.  I originally posted about the issue here in December.  tolerance-tension-large1Since then, many more have weighed in on the issue. Here are some more recent positions  over this issue:

The most recent post is from Lydia McGrew at The Gosple Coalition.  She has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Vanderbilt University, but she is multi-talented having written and published in philosophy and apologetics.

“The ‘Same-God’ Debate Is to Important to Leave to Philosophers” by Lydia McGrew |The Gospel Coalition Jan 15, 2016

So, those generally, to round it out, in the “yes” column include concerning the question include:

Those in the “no” column include concerning the question include:

 

[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.”:

Great video by Nabeel Qureshi, former Muslim and author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.

I posted about Nabeel before here when he debated on the Trinity.

He is on staff with RZIM:

Nabeel Qureshi is an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and bestselling author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Since completing his medical degree in 2009, he has dedicated his life to spreading the gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating.

Dr. Qureshi has lectured to students at over 100 universities, including Oxford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Hong Kong. He has participated in 18 public debates around North America, Europe, and Asia. His focus is on the foundations of the Christian faith, the early history and teachings of Islam, and the interface of science and religion.

Dr. Qureshi holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in Religion from Duke University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in New Testament studies at Oxford University where he lives with his wife, Michelle.