According to the Washington Post, Wheaton College, “a prominent evangelical school in Illinois, has placed a professor on administrative leave after she posted on Facebook that Muslims and Christians ‘worship the same God.’”
Larycia Hawkins, the Wheaton professor who has been placed on administrative leave, wrote,
“I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same primordial clay, descendants of the same cradle of humankind… I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book … But as I tell my students, theoretical solidarity is not solidarity at all. Thus, beginning tonight, my solidarity has become embodied solidarity.”
And on the topic, professor Hawkins goes on to cite Yale theologian Miroslav Volf, from a Christianity Today Interview, April, 2011.
“[A]ll Christians don’t worship the same God, and all Muslims don’t worship the same God. But I think that Muslims and Christians who embrace the normative traditions of their faith refer to the same object, to the same Being, when they pray, when they worship, when they talk about God. The reference is the same. The description of God is partly different.”
With all due respect, and as admirable as some think professor Hawkins is, from where I stand, based on the sacred writings of both Muslims and Christians, they do not worship or reference the same God.
While I too acknowledge and believe that I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor, I do not believe my Muslim neighbor and I worship or even reference the same God, and neither would he/she (they might even be offended at the thought).
According to Luke Nelessen, a sophomore who is quoting in the Washington Post piece, “The Christian faith is fundamentally different from Islamic faith…”