Thursday, December 17, 2015

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

That's the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:
On December 15, Wheaton College, an Evangelical school in suburban Chicago, placed one of its tenured political science faculty members on administrative leave. 
The school’s official press release states that the college placed Dr. Larcyia Hawkins on leave “in response to significant questions regarding the theological implications of statements that… [she] has made about the relationship of Christianity to Islam.” What were those statements?
According to a report in Christianity Today, Dr. Hawkins drew international attention after she publicly announced on her Facebook wall that she would don the Muslim hijab as part of her Advent worship in order to “stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like [her], a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.” 
You can continue reading here.  However, if you want a spoiler, here's my answer to the question: yes. 


Cornell Anthony said...

You used this analogy somewhere but I think it actually supports the case that Muslims and Christians worship a different God.

You said "So, Lois Lane is in love with Superman, and Lana Lang is in love with Clark Kent. For Lois, it is essential to Superman's nature that he is Kryptonian. For Lana, it is essential for Clark Kent that he is Terran. Do Lois and and Lana love the same man?"

But the problem isn't with how Lana and Lois relate to Clark Kent/Superman it is how Kent/Superman identifies himself and then one of those two has to see the truth for what it is and end up not falling in love, which means that only one of them falls in love with Kent/Superman

Kent/Superman would say that he is a Kyrpton and then reveal himself to both Lana and Lois.

You have to put all three together and Superman must tell the two ladies who he really is, then once that is done we would know if both of them still love the same man, because someone is not going to get what is essential to them.

Cornell Anthony said...

One more thing

If I suddenly believed in Thor from Norse mythology would that mean that I am worshipping the same God as Christians?

Francis Beckwith said...

Cornell, the answer is "No," since Thor, being finite, composite, and in time, is not by nature a God. The only sort of thing that by nature can be God is the being that is not some sort of thing, Self-Subsistent Existence. Read more about it here: