Abilene Campus (Residential)
Date of Award
Theology, Ministry, Missions (GST)
Master of Arts
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
Frederick D. Aquino
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
Bruce D. Marshall
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
Jerry L. Walls
In this thesis I probe the question of whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God primarily through the discipline of philosophy of language. Though a multifaceted question at its core (e.g., theological, historical), the question directly ties into how language operates in relation to God. That is, the ways in which Muslims and Christians make predications of God have a significant role in delineating whether they worship the same God. By working from the perspective of predication, I argue that Muslims and Christians refer to but do not worship the same God. In this sense, Muslims and Christians refer to the same God with the use of generic predicates (e.g., God is good); however, they do not worship same God given that worship entails the use of specific predicates (e.g., God is Triune). Muslims and Christians thus meet the criteria for common reference but cannot be regarded as maintaining the same referent in their worship.
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Casey, Zachary W., "Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God: A Philosophical Approach" (2020). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 241.