We Missouri Synod Lutherans went through this controversy some years ago. . . .A professor at Wheaton College, a leading evangelical institution where I was once visiting professor, was suspended for claiming that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. (The media reports say that it was for wearing the hijab, the Islamic head-covering for women, but the suspension was not for a fashion statement.)
A tenured Wheaton College political science professor who pledged to wear a hijab during Advent in support of her Muslim neighbors has been placed on administrative leave. Not for donning the Islamic head covering, but over “significant questions regarding the theological implications” of her explanation of why she was doing so.
“Wheaton College faculty and staff make a commitment to accept and model our institution’s faith foundations with integrity, compassion, and theological clarity,” the college stated in announcing the decision. “As they participate in various causes, it is essential that faculty and staff engage in and speak about public issues in ways that faithfully represent the college’s evangelical Statement of Faith.”Larycia Alaine Hawkins, an associate professor who has taught at Wheaton since 2007, announced last week that she’d don the traditional headscarf as a sign of human, theological, and embodied solidarity.
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” she wrote in a Facebook post on December 10. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
This claim keeps being made, but do Muslims worship the Triune God of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Don’t they anathemize the notion that God is a Unity of three Persons? Did the deity of the Q’uran become incarnate? Wouldn’t that claim be deeply offensive and blasphemous to a Muslim?
And then there are texts like these:
Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. (John 5:23)
no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. (Matthew 11:27)