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“Allah,” the God of Arab Christians

In recent discussions such as the one aroused by tensions at Wheaton College last year, one question often arises: “Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?” Because of the important differences between the God of Islam and the God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, many Christians instinctively answer “no.” I have argued here before that it is a troublesome question because people answering it are frequently not talking about the same thing, … Continue reading

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Mission experts speak to the “same God” issue

I was delighted to hear voices from the missionary world speaking to the issue that has become serious in the procedure begun by Wheaton College to terminate the employment of Lrycia Hawkins, because the school thinks that her statement that Muslims and Christians worship the same God conflicts with the school’s faith commitment. In a special edition of the Occasional Bulletin of the Evangelical Missiological Society, 21 mission related experts address the question, “What are … Continue reading

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Jerry Walls on worshiping the same God

In an interesting and helpful post, Jerry Walls asks: “Wheaton, Allah, and the Trinity: Do Muslims Really Worship the Same God as C. S. Lewis?” He gets into the critical work of distinguishing questions which might be in people’s minds when the basic one is on the table. I have addressed that problem in an earlier post. Walls identifies 4 questions: 1) Do Christians and Muslims believe essentially the same thing about God? 2) If … Continue reading

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Paul Helm on the question of worshiping the same God

I have learned a good deal from Paul Helm through the years, and frequently I find that he and I are on the same page. Such was the case when I read his post today, entitled “Getting into Hot Water.” It is tempting to just republish his whole post, and I’m going to reprint much of it here, but you can check the link if you want more. Since I agree so substantially with his … Continue reading

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“We Palestinian Christians say Allahu Akbar”

In regard to the question whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God, an important factor to consider is that Arabic speaking Christians also call God Allah when they speak of the one whom we worship as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. This point is made in a rather sobering interview with Archbishop Sebastia Theodosios (Atallah Hanna), who is the only Orthodox Christian archbishop from Palestine stationed in Jerusalem and the … Continue reading

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Christians, Jews and Muslims: Confusion about the question on the table

The discussion continues about how we answer the question: “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?” I keep opening items that come my way which address this issue, and I’ve become convinced that serious confusion is being created because people often purport to be answering that question but they are, in fact, addressing a different question, while giving the impression that the answer they give to that question is the answer to the question … Continue reading

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Melchizedek, Abraham, Muslims and worship of the One True God

The question of whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God is still being much talked about. My earlier post, drawing on the work of John Stackhouse, had made an analogy between the Jews and Muslims as people who worship one God but do not understand him to be tripersonal. That analogy has been troubling to some people, who make reference to the special relationship which Judaism has to God because of the Abrahamic covenant. … Continue reading

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Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

One of my alma maters, Wheaton College, has placed tenured professor Larycia Hawkins on administrative leave. This was done, not because she has chosen to wear a hijab during Advent, in solidarity with Muslims, but because the College has “significant questions regarding the theological implications” of her explanation of why she is doing this. Particularly of concern has been her statement that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. This is an issue of great … Continue reading

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10 things Christians should know about Islam

I assume that very few Christians in the west are unaware of the great importance of Islam in the world today, both for the global political situation and for the spread of the gospel. But few of us (including me) know a Muslim personally, and many Christians are not well informed about Islam, having established our impressions on the basis of sensational news items in recent years. I sense that what happens in the Islamic … Continue reading

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