Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god? Or, how identity politics obscures theology and aqida.
While I don’t believe a professor should be fired for expressing an opinion about this, I still think it is a question worthy of further consideration. I don’t understand Muslims who want to insist emphatically that, yes, we do worship the same god. Clearly, Muslims do not worship Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Christians who believe in the triune, “three-in-one God,” therefore, would disagree that Muslims worship the same god and Muslims ought to agree with that despite secondary and tertiary matters like the fact that Christian Arabs use the word “Allah” for God. This is a question of theology, not semantics.
Furthermore, this is a question of theology, not identity politics.
What I mean by that is, some Muslims can go to great and sometimes illegitimate lengths to find common ground with the majority group in society. They may have different intentions in doing this, some magnanimous, some benign, some neither. “Maybe those Christians with an animosity toward Muslims will change their minds if they only knew that we worship the same God?” might be the implicit thought process. My recommendation: instead of fudging central matters of theology, why not focus on true common ground such as numerous shared beliefs about Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the belief in Jesus as Messiah, the return of the Messiah at the End of Time, and so on?
I wonder if anyone would be offended at the suggestion that Satanists and Muslims believe in the same Satan (“believe” in the sense of “believe such an entity exists”).