Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Some thoughts on spiritual education.

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Much has been written recently about statements from various spiritual educators that ‘Muslims and Christians worship the same God.’ This has precipitated rather simplistic headlines. However, if spiritual education is to be truly effective, there is a need for more substance and clarity beneath those headlines. So, I offer the following framework in the hope that it will help the growing debate around this issue.

In the particular case of Islam, Christianity and God, the content and style of the education we offer (pedagogically) must be informed by our understanding of the varying views of God (theologically), which must in turn be informed by the varying views of reality (ontologically), and ultimately communicated in a language that is clear and helpful (linguistically).

Perhaps a few bits of flesh on these bones might add value to the debate…

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