What is at stake in the debate concerning whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God? This is the first question I posed to Dr. Miroslav Volf and Dr. Nabeel Qureshi in a podcast discussion on the topic I published earlier this week.
Volf, who is the leading Protestant proponent of the same God view, said love and truth is at stake. To love our neighbors, he argued, means representing them truthfully and resisting the temptation to demonize.
Qureshi, a Muslim convert to Christianity and itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, agreed. Yet, he said it was his passion for this the same thing that compelled him to argue the opposite position — that Muslims and Christians actually worship different gods. more >>
A top executive at Google has suggested that IS' access to the Internet be blocked to stop the terror group from using the Web as a propaganda platform.
While speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London Monday, Jared Cohen, Google's head of ideas, suggested that IS has taken advantage of social media platforms as a recruitment tool, especially for young, impressionable westerners.
Cohen said a "short-term win" for this problem would be to force IS to be contained to the "dark web," thus making it more difficult for Internet users to come into contact with the terrorist organization and risk being recruited to join its ranks. more >>
Wheaton College should withdraw its suspension and possible firing of a professor who stated publicly that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, concluded the Evangelical school's Faculty Council.
In a unanimous decision made earlier this week, the Faculty Council concluded that Dr. Larycia Hawkins, known as the "Hijab Professor" for her decision to wear a hijab in solidarity with Muslims during Advent, should be allowed to return to work.
New Testament Professor Lynn Cohick, chair of the Faculty Council, sent an email to the entire faculty of Wheaton with this recommendation expressed. more >>
A new militia comprising about 300 armed "Christians" has emerged in the Muslim-majority, conflict-ridden Central Mindanao region in southern Philippines, and it says it's training to fight local terror groups and those claiming allegiance to the Islamic State.
Declaring themselves as "Pulahan," which translates as "Red Warriors of God" or "Red God Defenders," the group made their first appearance before media this week, according to reports, which say their soldiers burned an Islamic State flag, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
The Islamic State terror group has razed to the ground Iraq's oldest Christian monastery where U.S. troops would worship until recently, in an apparent attempt to erase the region's history, receiving strong condemnation from around the world, including from the Obama administration and the Vatican.
Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, destroyed the 1,400-year-old St. Elijah's monastery in Mosul just months after taking over the Iraqi city in June 2014, The Associated Press reported with satellite images Wednesday, saying the terrorists demolished the structure in late September.
"Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives turned those stone walls into this field of gray-white dust. They destroyed it completely," Stephen Wood, CEO of Allsource Analysis, was quoted as saying. more >>
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Great Mosque in Rome at the end of the month, Muslim leaders confirmed this week.
Leaders from one of the largest mosques in the western world told local news outlets that they requested a special visit from the pontiff several months ago.
Although the Vatican has yet to confirm its visit, Omar Camilletti, a member of the mosque's governing council, told CBS News that the meeting is "certain" to take place, but hasn't been confirmed due to security reasons. more >>