Do Muslims And Christians Worship The Same God? A Theologian Answers

December 23, 2015Dec 23, 2015

That's a big question circling around today.  Even a professor at a highly respected Christian college recently told her students that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. The comment drew a lot of inflammation, with Wheaton College eventually suspending political science professor Larycia Hawkins.  Their decision showed that they do not agree with Hawkin's statement.

But Yale theology professor Miroslav Volf agrees with Hawkins, reports the Christian PostHe wrote a book, "Allah: A Christian Response", and claims that Arab Christians have long referred to God as Allah and that many Christians have believed that "Muslims worship the same God that they do."

In fact, Volf says that if the god's description is similar enough, that they can be considered the same. He claims that the same key tenets in the Bible of loving God and loving your neighbor are also key tenets in Islam. 

But another theologian completely disagrees.  Gerald McDermott, professor of religion at Roanoke College and senior fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion says there are parts of the Quran that tells Muslims not to love non-believers and that loving them "is equivalent to lining up on the side of the enemies of God."

McDermott writes in his op-ed rebuttal, "[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. 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."

What do you think? Do you think Allah of the Quran is similar enough to God of the Bible to be considered the same? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments! This is a key issue today, and we want to hear from you! Thank you!