[Welt] A prominent Baptist spokesman in the US has rejected the idea of Dutch bishop Martinus Muskens that Christians could adopt the Arabic Islamic name "Allah" instead of "God."
For this, the theological differences between Islam and Christianity are too great, writes R. Albert Mohler, president of the influential Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky on his website. The main obstacle to equating God and Allah is that the Muslims did not recognize Jesus as the Son of God.
The Koran repeatedly emphasizes the strict unity of Allah. He could neither have a human son nor be separated between the Father and the Holy Spirit. Christians are baptized according to Jesus' command "in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit". A baptism in the name of Allah is therefore unthinkable and Musken's proposal is therefore completely wrong, according to Mohler. He is one of the most important representatives of the Baptists in the United States with a nationwide religious radio program, after the Catholics it is the second largest denomination of the country.
The Catholic Bishop of Breda had recently stated in an interview with the Dutch television that he thought it would be good if God were generally referred to by the Arabic word Allah.
God would not be bothered by that, according to the 71-year-old: "He stands above such questions." The cross-religious use of the name "Allah" would in his opinion support tolerance and interreligious dialogue. Not only Muslims, but also Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians use the Arabic word "Allah" for God.