Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.


  1. Jeff Grant
    March 12, 2016 @ 1:34 am

    Unitarian Christians may have much more similar view of God to Muslims than do Trinitarians. Before the development of the Deity of Christ we would both understand our Creator, the God of Abraham in the same light even if we differ about who was the chosen son, people, Messiah etc. But once we fold the Son and even the Spirit back into the Godhead as separate persons, then I think the Unity of God is broken and the common ground is lost.

    • Dale Tuggy
      March 13, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

      Hi Jeff, yes, in some obvious ways a unitarian Christian’s understanding of the one God is more like the Muslim’s than is a trinitarian’s. But this whole controversy was caused by a Christian professor who was not saying that there are no important differences between Islamic and Christian (trinitarian) theologies. Rather, her point was that both groups are referring to, and at least attempting to worship the same being, the creator and god of Abraham. This seem consistent with any number of differences about the essential features of that one being. Just so, evidently both trinitarians and unitarians are referring to Yahweh.

      Now when you say that on trinitarian theology “the Unity of God is broken” I take it that you mean that trinitarian theology is not monotheistic. But I would say, it depends just which Trinity theory we’re talking about. The “one self” ones are, arguably, monotheistic in fact and not only in intention. But perhaps you had in mind three self views…

    • John
      March 18, 2016 @ 12:09 am

      One frequently encounters the argument that Muslims worship a ‘different God’ to us.
      and Allah is portrayed as some sort of vengeful spirit.
      The word Allah is derived from two words “Al” meaning ‘Lord” and ‘Lah’ which is the definite article ‘the’.
      So Al-lah is ‘ the Lord and God of the Old Testament. –
      Humans try to put us all in ‘boxes’ or ‘brand differentiate’ us but we are all the creation of the one Lord and God.

  2. The God of Islam, the God of Judaism and the God of Christianity – Part 1 – Theology and Justice
    March 7, 2016 @ 2:55 am

    […] how sticky it can get listen to a dialogue between Philosophers Dale Tuggy and William Vallicella here and here). However, what I will say is that if one holds to the position that the God of Islam and […]

  3. Roman
    January 6, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

    If evangelicals say the Christian God is the same as the Jewish God they have to say the same about the Muslim God.

    Most evangelicals, I think, would say the Christian God is the same God as the Jewish God, which is why I think this whole thing is political.

    What Christians and Muslims differ on that is different than what Christians and Jews differ on when it comes to God is what God has done.

    However for the abrahamic faiths one could argue that what makes God God is t he created everything, which, if true, would make it the same God, since only one God created everything (everyone agrees on that among the abrahamic faiths). But again, unfortunately this subject is too tied up with politics at the moment.

  4. Bob Mcgehee
    January 5, 2016 @ 9:23 am

    There is no doubt that God is God among gods. Anyone can read that there are many gods and many lords. The Chaldeans did not have the same god as the Hebrews and it became evident. There is no God greater than the God of Abraham, the father of Jesus of Nazareth.

    • Roman
      January 6, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

      Depends what you mean by “god” and “gods.”

  5. Rivers
    January 4, 2016 @ 8:25 pm

    Good conversation.

    I enjoyed getting a “philosophical” perspective on this controversy.