Franklin Graham has weighed in on a controversy at a celebrated evangelical Christian university, where a professor claims that Christians and Muslims pray to the same God.
Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a political science professor at Wheaton College (the “evangelical Harvard”), faces dismissal after she started wearing a Muslim hijab and asserting that Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God.
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” she wrote in a Dec. 10 Facebook post. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
Following reports last week that the Wheaton Faculty Council voted unanimously to retain Hawkins, Franklin Graham wrote a Facebook post expressing his disappointment with the university:
Both my father Billy Graham and my mother attended Wheaton College in Illinois–in fact that’s where they met. I’m surprised and disappointed that the faculty council there is now recommending the college drop their plans to terminate a professor who published that she believed Islam and Christianity worship the same God in December.
Islam denies that God has a Son. They deny that Jesus is God. They do not believe in a Triune God–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I can tell you–Islam and Christianity clearly do not worship the same God. How the faculty council can now support this professor being allowed to teach students is deeply concerning.
Franklin Graham responds to hijab-wearing college professor’s claim that Muslims and Christians worship same God: https://t.co/PsgU2BKmzz
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) January 25, 2016
While the Christian scripture contains the Torah and other Jewish holy writings in what is called the Old Testament, which primarily records God’s dealing with the Jewish’s people, it does not contain any writings of the Koran. The latter consists of the teachings of Muhammad, which he claimed were revelations directly from Allah. Muhammad lived approximately 600 years after Christ.
Jesus, who ministered mainly among the Jewish people and then sent his disciples to the world, made a claim of exclusivity saying, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”
The final determination of Professor Hawkins’ fate has not been made. “The next step in this process is a hearing before the Faculty Personnel Committee [on Feb. 11]. The Faculty Personnel Committee will receive presentations from the Provost and Dr. Hawkins regarding the substantive and procedural issues each would like to raise, will review the evidence presented, and will make a formal recommendation regarding the termination of tenure,” a statement from the university read.
“The Faculty Personnel Committee’s recommendation will then be taken into consideration by President Ryken, as he makes his recommendation to the Board of Trustees.”