Adrian Warnock has a post about 11 things Muslims agree with Christians about Jesus. How can a functioning Christology be made out of this to turn the corner from interfaith dialogue to ecumenical dialogue?
- That Jesus was a messenger of God (Surah 2:136 and John 8:42)
- That Jesus is the Word of God (Surah 4:171 and John 1)
- That Jesus had a miraculous birth, born to the virgin Mary (see Surah 19:20 and Matthew 1:18-23)
- That Jesus promoted compassion and mercy (Surah 57:27 and Matthew 9:36)
- That Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead (Surah 3:49 and Luke 7)
- That Jesus performed miracles involving food. (Surah 5:112-115 and Matthew 15:32-38)
- That Jesus escaped death (we do, however, differ about how he did this)
- That Jesus ascended to heaven and is living there today (Surah 3:55 and Acts 1)
- That Jesus will return to earth (Surah 43:61 and Acts 1)
- That Jesus mother should not be worshipped (Surah 5:116 and Luke 4:8)
- That the cross involved substitution [more on that here]
Or, to put the initial question a different way, what differentiates Islam from Christian groups which hesitate in differentiating members of the Trinity (like Unitarians) or hold a low-Christology or elevate their founding teacher’s interpretations on par with other scripture (like Lutherans or Calvinists)?
What roadblocks stand in the way to distinguishing an authentically Islamic Christian Theology?