Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wheaton College Suspends Hijab Wearing Professor

Here we go!  Watch the wrath of liberals descend on Wheaton College for suspending a professor for claiming Muslims and Christians worship the same god.

A tenured Wheaton College political science professor who pledged to wear a hijab during Advent in support of her Muslim neighbors has been placed on administrative leave. Not for donning the Islamic head covering, but over "significant questions regarding the theological implications" of her explanation of why she was doing so.

“Wheaton College faculty and staff make a commitment to accept and model our institution’s faith foundations with integrity, compassion, and theological clarity,” the college stated in announcing the decision. “As they participate in various causes, it is essential that faculty and staff engage in and speak about public issues in ways that faithfully represent the college’s evangelical Statement of Faith.”

Larycia Alaine Hawkins, an associate professor who has taught at Wheaton since 2007, announced last week that she’d don the traditional headscarf as a sign of human, theological, and embodied solidarity.

“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” she wrote in a Facebook post on December 10. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

Hawkins also sought approval for her actions from the Council on American Islamic Relations, a sometimes controversial Muslim advocacy group.

Her comments made headlines, but also led to criticism from other evangelicals.

“This statement is unbelievable,” tweeted Baptist blogger Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Boyce College in Louisville. “Really jaw-dropping.”

“A holy kiss to you who disavow the idea that Muslims & Christians worship the same God: I love you. Peace & respect,” Hawkins tweeted in response to her critics. She linked to her Facebook response, where she stated:

Whether or not you find this position, one held for centuries by countless Christians (church fathers, saints, and regular Christian folk like me), to be valid, I trust that we can peacefully disagree on theological points and affirm others like the Triune God (albeit there are differences here as well--Athanasian Creed, anyone?), the virgin birth (or Immaculate Conception depending on your persuasion), and the Resurrection. Let there be unity in our diversity of views about all of the above.

Hawkins pointed to a 2011 Huffington Post op-ed from Yale theologian Miroslav Volf to bolster her claim.

She also linked to a 2011 CT interview with Volf on whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

Volf told CT that “all Christians don't worship the same God, and all Muslims don't worship the same God. But I think that Muslims and Christians who embrace the normative traditions of their faith refer to the same object, to the same Being, when they pray, when they worship, when they talk about God. The referent is the same. The description of God is partly different.”


Of course even the students at Wheaton probably won't get what all the 'fuss' is about and will demand that the leaders of the school rescind their decision.

Hey friends, as Christians we WORSHIP JESUS CHRIST!  HE is the Creator of the universe and is God in the flesh!  That's the absolute basis of our faith!  There is NO WAY that Muslims are praying to the God of Jesus Christ because they don't believe Jesus is God!  END OF STORY!!

"But Dennis, the name Allah is simply Arabic for it has to be the same god."!  The man who put the shingles on my roof is named Jesus and he certainly IS NOT the same Jesus who created the universe!

Come on folks!  Wake up!!  And please keep the leaders of Wheaton in your prayers.  The powers of darkness on going to descend on them like flies on feces.

Hat tip to Mick L.


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