Larycia in Wonderland: What Was She Thinking?

Regarding Hawkins’s hijab-wearing, the female Egyptian professor concluded, “I think her effort is misguided since in this particular case she’s siding with the oppressor, not the oppressed.”

In short, Larycia Hawkins has managed to combine theological incoherence and empty symbolism with profound insensitivity to Middle Eastern Christians and to many Muslim women—and to do so at Wheaton College of all places! I’m driven to a simple question: What was this bright and capable woman thinking?   By now nearly everyone in the... Continue Reading

Senator Sanders And The Twofold Kingdom

Sanders sought to use the religious convictions of Vought as a basis for excluding him from holding public office.

“3: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any... Continue Reading

Two U.S. Senators Apply an Anti-Christian Religious Test for Government Officials

Two U.S. senators imply that those who believe Jesus is the only way to salvation are “Islamophobic” and not fit for public office.

We should not be surprised when such anti-Christian bias is expressed by groups like the ACLU. That organization has spent decades undermining the liberties of religious Americans. But it’s unacceptable to have our own representatives in the Senate claim that Christians “violate the public trust” when we make the true claim that in rejecting Jesus “those of other faiths stand... Continue Reading

Gordon College Prof Sues Over Sexuality Policy Spat

Gordon College is facing a lawsuit from a professor who claims she was punished for making comments about the school’s stance on sexuality.

Gordon did not terminate tenured philosophy professor Lauren Barthold but did deny her a scheduled right to apply for a promotion, according to an ACLU statement. Barthold also claims she was demoted from her position as director of gender studies minor and that Gordon threatened to fire her over her comments. According to school officials,... Continue Reading

Wheaton Professor Who Said Muslims And Christians Worship The Same God Decides To Leave College

Wheaton College political science professor Larycia Hawkins has decided to part ways with the college.

“The Administration and Dr. Hawkins have come to a place of resolution and reconciliation,” Ryken said in his email. “With a mutual desire for God’s blessing, we have decided to part ways.” In a separate email to the faculty, Wheaton provost Stan Jones said in an email Saturday that he has withdrawn charges for firing... Continue Reading

Explainer: Wheaton College Moves to Remove Professor Over “Same God” Comments

Dr. Larycia Hawkins is an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College

Was Hawkins put on leave because she wore a hijab? No. According to Wheaton, “Contrary to some media reports, social media activity and subsequent public perception, Dr. Hawkins’ paid administrative leave resulted from theological statements that seem inconsistent with Wheaton College’s doctrinal convictions, which she voluntarily agreed to support and uphold when she entered into... Continue Reading

Dear Media: Stop Trying To Teach Christians Theology

Christianity obviously doesn’t mean what you think it means. So stop making yourself out to be televangelists.

We’re not trying to be meanies. Really. We just think the triune God is a non-negotiable. We also believe the canon of Scripture closed with the death of the Apostle John, meaning Muhammad’s revelation misses the deadline by half a millennium. And since the Apostle Paul told us not to believe anyone, “not even an... Continue Reading

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

The Wheaton controversy on “Do we worship the same God?”

Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Like all good questions, the answer is more complex than most want, but I am confident of my position: Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God, but given the complexity of the matter we all ought to stop demonizing those who disagree with us.  ... Continue Reading

Talks Break Down Between Wheaton College, Suspended Professor

Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins was suspended for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

Though the college did not take a position on her wearing the hijab, some evangelical Christians said her statement should have spelled out what makes Christianity distinct from Islam. Not doing so put her in conflict with the statement of faith that all Wheaton faculty members must sign and live out, they said. “While Islam... Continue Reading

Editorial: The Wheaton Tiff: Christianity, Islam and — Surprise — Remarkable Tolerance

Wheaton, an evangelical Christian school, responded that while Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, the two faiths shouldn't be conflated.

The college wants to protect its expression of its beliefs — how it carries itself in the world. Wheaton’s desire to consistently project its Christian message isn’t therefore contemptuous of Islam. Unlike those who merely espouse a faith, Wheaton wants to live it. And Hawkins? She seems to understand this, hence her statement of support:... Continue Reading