Friday, April 4, 2008

The letter from Christians to Muslims - Part 2

As I said last time, according to the story, "Common ground?" by Stephen Adams in the March 2008 issue of Citizen magazine (pgs. 18-23), the so-called Christian response to the letter from the Muslims was written at Yale Divinity School. It was signed by 300 individuals including:
  • two leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals,
  • activist author Brian McLaren,
  • author of The Purpose-Driven Life and Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, and
  • editor in chief of Christianity Today, David Neff.

According to Citizen's article, author Brian McLaren wrote, "Are you not aware that the word 'Allah' is simply the Arabic word for God, just as in English we say God, and in Spanish people say Dios, and in Greek, theos?"

Dr. Albert Hohler, president of the Southern Baptist's Southern Seminary, said the names "God" and "Allah" are not interchangeable. "The Quran says Allah has no son, but the first thing we must say about the God of the Bible is that Jesus is His Son and is the means by which He has made Himself known to us."

The Yale Divinity School letter also apologized, on our (Christians) behalf, for past and present sins. I'll tell you about the danger that "apology" is putting Christian missionaries in next time.

If you wish to register your complaint to the National Association of Evangelicals, contact them at: P.O. Box 23269, Washington, DC 20026, (202)789-1011,

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