Do Christians and Muslims Believe in the Same God?

MosqueOne of the hottest topics in religious conversations has been the relationship between the God of the Muslims and the God of the Christians. Are they the same God? Are we discussing two different Gods or describing one God in two different ways?

I was able to listen to the recent conversation between Joseph Cumming and Nabeel Qureshi on the Unbelievable? podcast.

I have often been frustrated with such conversations. For some Christians, their intense dislike for Muslims is the foundation for their opinions. That is not very helpful on any level. This is a topic that deserves to be looked at carefully and with respect.

There were a number of things that Nabeel shared in his talk with Joseph Cummings that I appreciated. One thing was that disagreements on this issue should not lead to the label of heretic. The heretic label is thrown around too easily these days. I also appreciated his distinction between what God is and who God is.

Both speakers did a great job of presenting their views and I appreciated the discussion. It is worth listening to.

If you are interested in this topic, you might also like this debate between Miroslav Volf and Nabeel Qureshi.

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2 thoughts on “Do Christians and Muslims Believe in the Same God?”

    1. I am sympathetic with both sides. I think there is some wisdom in the division between the who and the what. I would suggest that in some cases Muslims and Christians do believe in the same God, even if the Qur’an and the New Testament describe different Gods.

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