Two faiths, one God?

Miroslav Volf meets evangelical critics

Yale theologian Miro­slav Volf believes that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. On November 3 he took that argument to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an evangelical hub, and found that few were persuaded by his argument.

Volf drew large crowds of admirers on the campus in South Hamilton, Massa­chusetts, but audience members challenged the thesis put forward in his 2011 book, Allah: A Christian Response. For many of them, accepting Volf's stance would mean renouncing core beliefs.

"If I believe that Jesus Christ is God, then I can't deny that particular aspect of who God is," said Curt Kenney, an M.Div. student seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America. "Mus­lims deny that Christ was God and that he was resurrected. I don't know how you get around that."

 

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