In December 2015, Wheaton College Professor Larycia Hawkins expressed her support for Muslim Americans in a Facebook post. She wrote: “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
The impact of Professor Hawkins’ post was explosive. Soon everyone from journalists to pastors, theologians to average Christian congregants were locked in heated debate and probing questioning on this question: do Christians and Muslims really worship the same God? And what does it even mean to say that they do?
In this episode of The Tentative Apologist Podcast we discuss these issues with Dr. Andy Bannister. Dr. Bannister is Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He has a PhD in Islamic studies and is author of the academic monograph An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an (Lexington Books, 2014).
This conversation is a follow-up to our earlier conversation with Drake De Long-Farmer of Bold Cup of Coffee. In that wide-ranging conversation Dr. Bannister helpfully guided us through several theological, practical and cultural issues in the engagement with Islam in the West. In this podcast we center the discussion on that central question raised by Dr. Hawkins: do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?