This is a fascinating article about a female Espicopal minister that adopted Muslim beliefs and was finally defrocked. I found these comments particularly interesting:
But Redding said she felt her new Muslim faith did not pose a contradiction to her staying a Christian and minister.
“Both religions say there’s only one God,” Redding said, “and that God is the same God. It’s very clear we are talking about the same God! So I haven’t shifted my allegiance.”
There’s a much longer post lurking about the concept of monotheism and whether we’re all just worshipping the same God, but I’ll restrain myself to a couple points:
The pastor’s claims are basically what the B’Hai believe – that Muslims, Jews, and Christian are all worshiping the same God, just in different ways with some differing details. They worship a single, mono-theistic entity – the “God of all religions.”
“Allah” is Arabic for “God.” What would happen if you stood up in (Christian) church on Sunday and yelled “Allah be praised!”?
When CNN puts subtitles on the words of a Muslim, why do they choose not to translate the word “Allah”? Would they translate “Dios” from Spanish?
When a Muslin prays to “Allah,” who is he praying to? Is there some kind of traffic cop that directs his prayer to his God, and my prayer to my God?
I am a Christian. When I walk through the Pearly Gates decades from now, will I find a bunch of Muslims sitting around?
I don’t have answers to any of these questions, really, but they’re interesting to consider.