Let me simplify my last two posts on whether or not Muslims and Christians and Jews worship the same God. I’ve received lots of push back on my last post in the Karl Barth Discussion Group on Facebook; push back that in my view either never fully engaged with what I actually wrote, or misunderstood it and put words in my mouth that I never said (or wrote). In summary here is what I believe:
Jews and Christians worship the same God; Muslims do not.
- Jews and Christians worship = Yahweh.
- Muslims worship = Allah.
The name of God itself should be substantial enough to illustrate why there is a disparity between the god that Muslims worship, and the God that Christians and Jews worship. Obviously this still requires much more development (which I’ve gotten into in my earlier posts in regard to the Trinity, Incarnation, etc.), but this simple reduction should hopefully make this a little more problematic for those who want to reduce the God of the Jews and Christians into the god of the Muslims.