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Lessons from Wheaton College

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 02.19.2016 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

The very public drama that unfolded at Wheaton College over the past few months revealed stark divisions within the evangelical community, and how they view the responsibility for living in Christ's footsteps.

Is Christian Higher Education Dead?

Jack Levison | Posted 02.11.2016 | Religion
Jack Levison

Gone from Wheaton College is Larycia Hawkins. This is a controversial decision. A sad one, too. And the decision has stirred up a wasp's nest of blogoversy. I just read J. R. Daniel Kirk's angry post. I am appalled -- but not for the reasons you may think.

Professor To 'Part Ways' With College Over Comments About Islam

Reuters | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.08.2016 | College

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble after saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God...

Why Does Wheaton Single Out Muslims As Followers of a False God?

Jim Burklo | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The word "God" in the English version of the Christian Bible is rendered in the Arabic version as "Allah." But Allah and Allah are two different entities, according to evangelical Wheaton College.

Wheaton Should Commend Larycia Hawkins, Not Punish Her

Michael Rea | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Michael Rea

Early media coverage of the controversy surrounding Wheaton College's Larycia Hawkins suggested that the tenured professor of political science had be...

Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Worship the Same God? Do Any of Us?

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

What I find most distressing about Wheaton is not its generally obnoxious vapidity. What I find so distressing about Wheaton is its hubris. What sheer and utter arrogance it is to fire a professor for giving an opinion that has been echoed by numerous theologians, including its most famous alumnus, Billy Graham.

Wheaton College's Orthodoxy Police and the Spiritual Price of Bigotry

David Vanderveen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
David Vanderveen

Wheaton College is a private institution and appears to have the right to admit and remove students, faculty, and administrators based on disagreements over ideas. The real question for a place like Wheaton that attempts to hold itself to the highest moral standard is, "Should it behave this way?"

My God Is Your God

Pamela A. Lewis | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Pamela A. Lewis

Whether or not Professor Hawkins has violated Wheaton College's Statement of Faith will be decided by Wheaton College. But I am with those who believe that she was moved by her understanding of Christ's commandment to love and stand with the vulnerable and the stranger, whoever they may be at the moment.

Why Protestants Argue Over Whether Muslims Worship the Same God

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

Professor Hawkins has stumbled upon another of those theological landmines in the evangelical world: a belief that is rarely mentioned, widely held, little considered, and provokes a fight as soon as it surfaces.

Love Your Neighbor - But Don't Quite Love Your Muslim Neighbor, According to Wheaton College

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 01.09.2016 | Religion
Yasmina Blackburn

Dr. Larycia Hawkins is loving her Muslim neighbors as herself at a time when I will admit - we can use some neighborly love. And Dr. Hawkins could be losing her job for it. Is it really necessary for Wheaton College to nitpick the nuances of the differences between Christianity and Islam?

Anti-Muslim Bigotry or Principled Stand for Belief at Wheaton College?

David Moriah | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
David Moriah

A vibrant and dynamic faith institution should acknowledge that whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God is a legitimate and unsettled question for many faithful Christian believers.

The Strange Theology of Wheaton College

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Hawkins has struck fear into the conservative leadership of Wheaton College by rejecting the anti-Muslim agenda that has taken root in right wing America. To show--and encourage in her students-- solidarity with Muslims who are being persecuted in the United States Hawkins has taught class wearing a hajib, the traditional head covering for Muslim women.

The Hawkins Question: Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

Saadia Faruqi | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Saadia Faruqi

As an interfaith activist, the question of God comes up frequently in my discussions. Who do we worship? As a Muslim, my belief is simple: there is one Creator, and He is the God everyone worships. But I realize that for many other belief systems, that answer is less simple.

Is God Still Speaking?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

How narrowly should a Christian college set the parameters for theological fidelity for its faculty? While this question is one that often concerns many conservative evangelical schools, a current situation is again raising the question publicly.

What Does It Mean to Love Our Neighbor?

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The story of Isaac and Ishmael is difficult to read. The account follows two half-brothers born to the same father and different mothers. As the story played out, one was adored and one was banished. One was considered the heir of their common father; one was disinherited.

College Moves To Fire Professor Who Said Muslims And Christians Worship Same God

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 01.06.2016 | College

Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian university outside of Chicago, said on Tuesday it was taking steps to fire a tenured political science profe...

Muslims and Christians: On Worshipping the Same God

Kelly James Clark | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

One should be grateful that one can worship God without getting one's description of God just right. After all, given the plethora of beliefs about God, what are the chances that any of one of us has gotten God just right?

Who and What Count as Christian?

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Tthe question has been forced into the public arena by Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins's personal decision to wear a hijab in "human solidarity" with vulnerable Muslims in America as part of her observation of Advent, and by the college's hamhanded and tone-deaf meanness in fanning the flames of the ensuing controversy.

Tolerance and Truth(s)

Martin Marty | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Last Thursday a front-page Chicago Tribune (Dec. 17) story by Manya Brachear Pashman and Marwa Eltagouri awakened us locals to upheavals at suburban Wheaton College, which some--I among them--call the evangelical flagship in higher education.

Dr. Larycia Hawkins and More Wheaton Woes

Ken Wilson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Ken Wilson

Wheaton College is in the news again, this time for suspending Dr. Larycia Hawkins for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. (Ch...

A Christian College Placed A Professor On Leave For Wearing A Hijab

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 12.18.2015 | College

An evangelical Christian school in Illinois placed a professor on administrative leave Tuesday for wearing a hijab as a show of solidarity with Muslim...

Let's Roll for a Real Living Wage

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | New York
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

There comes a time in all of our lives when we need to live for something worth dying for. I'm in this fight for a Real Living Wage because I dream of a world where everyone makes a Living Wage and can return home to a warm hearth to break bread with their loved ones and revolutionary friends.

When Belief Becomes More Important Than People

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Wheaton College has made a profound choice -- belief over people. While claiming a position that values life, the College has made choices that value the potential life of a possible fertilized egg over the actual lives of students who may well require insurance coverage in the present to avoid or treat life-threatening and health-compromising conditions.

A College Grad May Have Student Debt And No Job, But They're Still Very Lucky

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.19.2015 | College

Lisa G. Szarkowski encounters a lot of heartbreaking situations in her job. But she wants to make sure graduates of Wheaton College, her alma mater, u...

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.