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Do Christians, Muslims, and Jews Worship the Same God? Four Views
During a time of global conflict, the theological question of whether Muslims, Jews, and Christians worship the same God carries political baggage. Is the God of ISIS the same as the God of Israel? Do Sunni Muslims and Protestant Christians pray to the same Creator and Sustainer of the universe?
In this Counterpoints volume, edited by Ronnie P. Campbell, Jr., and Christopher Gnanakan, five leading scholars present the main religious perspectives on this question, demonstrating how to think carefully about an issue where opinions differ and confusion abounds. They examine related subtopics such as the difference between God being referentially the same and essentially the same, what "the same" means when referring to God, the significance of the Trinity in this discussion, whether religious inclusivism is inferred by certain understandings of God's sameness, and the appropriateness of interfaith worship.
The four main views, along with the scholars presenting them, are:
- All Worship the Same God: Religious Pluralist View (Wm. Andrew Schwartz and John B. Cobb, Jr.)
- All Worship the Same God: Referring to the Same God View (Francis J. Beckwith)
- Jews and Christians Worship the Same God: Shared Revelation View (Gerald R. McDermott)
- None Worship the Same God: Different Conceptions View (Jerry L. Walls)
Additionally, essays by Joseph Cumming and David W. Shenk explore the implications of this question specifically for Christians wanting to minister among and build relationships with Muslims. Cumming stresses that finding common ground is key, while Shenk advocates for a respectful focus on differences.
|Title: Do Christians, Muslims, and Jews Worship the Same God? Four Views|
By: Ronnie P. Campbell, Jr. & Christopher Gnanakan, eds.
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2019
|Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.3 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Series: Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
Stock No: WW538035
Gerald R. McDermott (PhD, University of Iowa) is the Anglican professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School. McDermott has been the author, co-author, or editor of more than twenty books. An Anglican priest, he is teaching pastor at Christ the King Anglican Church, and is married to Jean. Together they have three sons and twelve grandchildren.
Wm. Andrew Schwartz (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is executive director of the Center for Process Studies, co-founder and executive vice president of EcoCiv, and assistant professor of process and comparative theology at Claremont School of Theology. His recent work has been focused on comparative religious philosophies and the role of big ideas in the transition toward ecological civilization.
John B. Cobb, Jr. (PhD, University of Chicago) is an American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist. One of the preeminent theologians in the world and the global leader of process theology, he is the author of more than fifty books. He is a co-founder of the Center for Process Studies and professor emeritus at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University.
Francis J. Beckwith (PhD, Fordham University) is professor of philosophy and church-state studies and associate director of the graduate program in philosophy at Baylor University, where he also serves as a resident scholar in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He has published widely in the areas of political philosophy, jurisprudence, applied ethics, philosophy of religion, and theology.
Jerry L. Walls (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is scholar in residence and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He is the author/editor of over twenty books and has published widely in philosophy of religion, ethics, philosophical theology, and apologetics.
Joseph Cumming (MA, MPhil, Yale University) is pastor of the International Church at Yale, worked for 15 years in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and now travels regularly to the Middle East and elsewhere, lecturing in Islamic and Christian institutions. He organized the first Common Word conference at Yale.
David W. Shenk (PhD, New York University) is a global consultant for Eastern Mennonite Missions, where he serves on a team dedicated to Christian-Muslim relationships called Peacemakers Confessing Christ. He has written 20 books.
Ronnie P. Campbell, Jr. (PhD, Liberty University) is associate professor of theology at Liberty University. He has published in the areas of theology, comparative theology and philosophy, Christianity and film, and apologetics.
Christopher Gnanakan (Ph.D, Leeds University; D.Min, South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies) is professor of theology and world religions at Liberty University and director of leadership development for Christar, a missionary agency to the least-reached peoples.
Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.