Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Catholics, liberals, and some evangelicals are saying, yes. When Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins made that claim, it blew up into a controversy that ended with her leaving the institution. But the favored position, to show our sensitivity to Muslims, is to say that both religions, for all of their differences, worship the same God.
But what do Muslims say? A council of Islamic authorities agrees with Wheaton College at least in this: Muslims do not worship the same God as Christians.
Some Muslims believe otherwise, just as Christians disagree on the issue. But doesn’t it show more sensitivity to Muslims to allow them their own religion, rather than to say that we are fundamentally the same? Isn’t the “we all worship the same God” talk actually patronizing and disrespectful?