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. OddintheTruth
    January 30, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    Great series!

    One question nobody seemed to ask, in light of Vallicella’s claim about the importance of reference throughout the podcast series, is, “What is the Bible’s theory of reference about God?”

    Seems to me it is both Descriptive and Causal. That it is Causal seems rather obvious.

    That it is Descriptive can be found in that over 100 times, by my count, the God of the OT is the God “who brought you out of the land of Egypt”. And in the NT, the trend continues. Paul says things like God is the God “who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

    Given this, it seems that Muslims don’t worship the same God. They do not believe in the God that contains the descriptive content that the NT associates with the word “God”.

    Even if they get the Causal reference right (and some of the OT’s Descriptive reference), they miss most of the NT’s Descriptive reference and so do not make a successful reference. If a successful reference isn’t made, then they aren’t worshipping the same God.

    Just a thought, anyway. (Teaching a lesson on Sunday about this same God question – should be fun!)

  2. Roman
    January 28, 2016 @ 3:08 am

    Dr. McGrew’s problem With the Whole “what about Jews” question doesn’t work at all. The fact that the historic Jews didn’t specifically reject the Trinity doesn’t change the fact that they worshiped a Unitarian God, of course the Jews didn’t specifically reject the idea that God revelead the Koran to Mohammad? Does that mean that they worship the same God as Muslims becuase Mohammad worshiped the God of Abraham and Moses? The Logic is the same.
    The Jews, as soon as they heard the Trinity, rejected it at impossible, not as just not true, some even Call it idolatry.
    Dr. McGrew dismisses the historic argument when Applied to muslims, but somehow thinks it follows when it comes to Muslims, you can’t have it both ways.

  3. RonH
    January 27, 2016 @ 12:24 am

    This has been a really interesting series, Dale. Thanks for working through the questions with such clarity. Your dialog with the Maverick Philosopher was great.

    Your observation about the distinction between “official god” and “actual god” is insightful, and I hadn’t considered it. It adds an interesting dimension to the problem, since by the same token Christians (or, for that matter, Muslims) might well not be serving the same God as each other. That could apply all the way down to Christians who are members of the same church.

    I’m thinking that the question “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?” can’t be answered at all without unpacking a lot of context.

    Two technical comments: 1) The podcast via iTunes has been working again for me for the past couple of episodes. Thanks for fixing that! 2) Contra your Kiwi commenter, I enjoy the “linguistically diverse” readings of Scripture. It’s a pleasant change from “same old, same old”, and I often find that a different accent causes me to listen to a reading in a different way.