Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Theologians weigh in

Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Theologians weigh in

[Ed. – When you play the “hypocrisy” card, as Miroslav Volf does, it’s a sign that your argument is weak and you don’t have the respect for your critics to disagree with them honestly and decently.]

Volf, who wrote the recent book Allah: A Christian Response…has maintained that Arab Christians have worshipped a God named Allah for centuries and that many Christians have long believed that “Muslims worship the same God that they do.”

In furthering his viewpoint that the gods are the same if they are “sufficiently similar,” Volf also argued that two commandments of the Bible — love God and love thy neighbor — are also commandments that are central to Islamic worship.

Volf’s claim, however, was contested in an op-ed by Gerald McDermott, professor of religion at Roanoke College and senior fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, who argues that the claims the Quran specifically calls believers to love God and neighbors are unfounded. …

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“[W]e cannot infer that what Volf calls ‘the character’ of the God of the Quran is the same as that of the God of the Bible,” McDermott writes. “In fact, we would have to conclude, using Volf’s own reasoning, that these are two different gods, for the difference in the two love commands suggests by his own logic two different characters.” …

Francis Beckwith, a professor at Baylor University, wrote that just because Muslims don’t believe in the Holy Trinity doesn’t mean that they aren’t worshipping the same God. …

In his Washington Post op-ed, Volf argued that it is hypocritical for Christians to believe that they worship the same god as the Jews do but for them to detest the notion that Christians worship the same God as Muslims.

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