Back in early 2014, I published three posts concerning the issue of whether or not 'Muslims and Christians worship the same God' (first; second; third).
My contributions concerning this issue were not meant to be overly dogmatic—I was not trying to convince readers that a solid 'yes' or 'no' answer to the question should subsequently follow my reflections—but rather, I was attempting to demonstrate that the issue is much more complex than most folk realize.
My interest in the question was precipitated by a controversy that arose within the confines of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a conservative, Reformed denomination. (See first thread linked to above for pertinent information.) My interest in this topic has been renewed by a thread published yesterday by Fr. Kimel at his Eclectic Orthodoxy blog (LINK). His post details yet another controversy over the issue of whether or not 'Christians and Muslims worship the same God'; this time, at Wheaton College, a conservative, Christian institution about 30 miles west of Chicago. From Fr. Kimel's post we read:
Ten days ago Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a professor of political science at Wheaton College, announced her religious solidarity with Muslims. “They, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” she states. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.” Wheaton College subsequently put her on administrative leave “in order to give more time to explore theological implications of her recent public statements concerning Christianity and Islam.” Twitter exploded.
The entire thread is certainly worth the time to read, providing some interesting reflections, and a number of germane links. One of the links provided is to an article posted by Dr. Francis J. Beckwith on the 17th (LINK). (Dr. Beckwith was the former President of the Evangelical Theological Society, who later returned to the Roman Catholic Church in 2007.) This article has produced 170 comments, many of which adamantly draw the conclusion that Christians and Muslims most certainly DO NOT 'worship the same God'.
Yet, it sure seems to me, that most of the folk who have already formed their conclusion on this question have done so without any in depth reflection on the complexity that permeates the issue at hand.
In ending, I would like to recommend a thread I posted back on 07-01-2013 (LINK). This thread (IMO), sheds some important 'light' on whether or not, 'Muslims and Christians worship the same God'.
Grace and peace,