Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? Debate with Nabeel Qureshi and Miroslav Volf
Posted by Nabeel Qureshi on January 19, 2016
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, a Muslim convert to Christianity, and Dr. Miroslav Volf, the leading Protestant proponent of the view that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, debate this topic today on Julie Roys’ Seeking Truth.
The same God question recently became the focus of a national debate after Wheaton College placed a professor on administrative leave for claiming that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Many Christians supported the college and said the professor’s claim is incompatible with orthodox Christianity. Yet some, including a few professors, students and hundreds of alumni, argued otherwise, and are lobbying for the professor’s full re-instatement.
In this podcast, Volf and Qureshi discuss the merits of Wheaton’s position and Volf makes an important concession concerning his claim that Wheaton was motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry. Volf also explains why he believes one can believe both religions worship the same God and still adhere to orthodox Christian doctrine. Qureshi, on the other hand, reveals stark differences between Muslim and Christian concepts of God – and argues that Allah and Yahweh can’t possibly be one and the same.”
Professor Miroslav Volf is Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. In response to the recent controversy at Wheaton College, Volf wrote a scathing op-ed in The Washington Post accusing the Wheaton leadership of displaying “anti-Muslim bigotry” in suspending Professor Larycia Hawkins who asserted that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
“Her suspension is not about theology and orthodoxy. It is about enmity toward Muslims,” wrote Volf. “More precisely, her suspension reflects enmity toward Muslims, taking on a theological guise of concern for Christian orthodoxy.”
Nabeel Qureshi wrote this post in response to the controversy and directly confronted Volf’s accusations: Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?