Do We Worship the Same God? Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue

Do We Worship the Same God? Do We Worship the Same God? Wm. B. Eerdmans

Miroslav Wolf, editor

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2012


This book is the result of conversations in a successive pair of consultations whereby religious thinkers and believers in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam considered the question which has been an issue for centuries: whether all three monotheistic faiths worship the same God.

The first consultation called was among Christians as they sorted out how they wanted to present their unified view in response to the Jewish and Muslim theologians in the second consultation.  There each faith found new clarity about their own understanding of themselves and each other.  These thoughtful and groundbreaking discussions and their conclusions are expressed in the essays which are the material of the book. Miroslav Volf is Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School.

"The history of Christian-Muslim relations is over a thousand years old, marked by a sustained quest for interfaith understanding. . . . Do We Worship the Same God? explores the theological aspect of the interfaith issue with insight and candor, underscoring the challenges as well as the opportunities for engagement. A welcome contribution to current discussion of the subject." - Lamin Sanneh, Yale University

"None of the contributors to this collection gives a clear, simple answer to the question that perplexes them all. And that's what makes this conversation so engaging and enlightening. Each of the authors responds with a 'yes but no' or a 'no but yes.' Together, they draw on tradition, philosophy, scriptural analysis, and -- especially -- mysticism to affirm both the depth and the diversity of faiths that call themselves monotheistic." - Paul F. Knitter, Union Theological Seminary

"This extremely noteworthy book deals with a very critical and thorny issue, which is most often avoided. Highly academic and intellectually stimulating, this is also one of the most hopeful texts I have read on this subject. It is of critical significance for anyone involved in theologies of religion, especially within the 'monotheistic' or 'Abrahamic' tradition. . . . Imperative for anybody who is involved in interfaith dialogue." - Charles Amjad-Ali, Luther Seminary




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