In the summer of 2010 I spent a few weeks in Indonesia. I went with friends who were fellow Christians and we met up with a group of Muslim students and walked across the island of Java together. We spent ten days with our new friends, getting to know them, trying to learn Indonesian, enjoying the beautiful island, and trying not to look like ignorant Americans.
As we got to know each other better, the juxtaposition of our faiths became very clear. In some ways, our faiths seemed quite similar. We both believed in a higher being and we shared many of the same stories of the patriarchs of our faiths. We were all trying to live morally upright lives and sought the will of our creator in our decisions. We both prayed daily and looked to our scriptures for insight. There were moments when our similarities seemed to outweigh our differences.
At the same time, I found myself curious about what made my faith different from their faith. For me, the question came down to this: Are we worshiping the same God?
Volf joins with fellow theologians and religious leaders in the book Do We Worship the Same God? to provide a resource outlining different views of this difficult question.
In the month of March, Rolfing is featuring a display entitled “The Qur’an in Light of the Gospel,” highlighting materials about the differences and similarities between Islam and Christianity. The display highlights topics covered in the modular class by the same title held March 11-19.
Check out the books mentioned above on our display as well as these other resources on the same topic:
We want to hear your thoughts on this subject. Please comment and share some insights!
What has been your experience with the similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity?
How can we use our similarities to engage with our Muslim friends?