Bruce McCormack, of Princeton Theological Seminary, has weighed in on the “Wheaton Controversy,” the same God debate fostered by Dr. Hawkins’ (of Wheaton College) claim that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. As you read McCormack’s post you will see him engage in a kind of abductive approach wherein he offers the strongest arguments possible (as he can muster) for belief: 1) That Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God (which in McCormack’s opinion is the best way) juxtaposed with 2) That Christians and Muslims do worship the same God. In his article you will see him make a theological case for the not-same-God locus, and then temper that with a history of doctrine case that it is possible within the historic development of classical theism for people, like Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Volf et al. to maintain the belief that Christians and Muslims and Jews do worship the same-God. McCormack places the burden on his ‘not-same-God’ position placing into the realm of private theological opinion (theologoumenon) versus the catholic/universal position that would allow for debate in regard to the belief that Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the ‘same-God’; i.e. the catholic position, or classical theistic position, being the position that started with an emphasis upon the monotheistic reality of God’s life, only later developing a Trinitarian grammar that we today understand as constituting orthodox Christian dogma in regard to a doctrine of God.
I am still pondering what McCormack wrote, but in the main I can agree, particularly with the idea that there is room for debate, even though ultimately (as I would contend) the idea that God is three-in-one/one-in-three is the actual reality of who God is as revealed in Jesus Christ.
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