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.

4 Comments

  1. Dokimazo
    June 19, 2017 @ 6:18 am

    Mohamed;

    Terms like El Eloah, Elohim, can apply to others. YHWH is the only personal name of God. “Allah” do believe falls into the category of El or Eloah. That’s why the Bible sometimes refer to God as, YHWH Eloah or YHWH El.

    • Aaron
      June 21, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

      Dokimazo,

      I do agree that *originally if we look at the etymology of “Allah” it is more general in usage (as in the case of “Eloah, Elah, Elohim, El etc.) however, Muhammad changed everything when he came on the scene with Islam and filled the word “Allah” with new meaning which it previously did not have. That is why it can be very confusing for Christians and Muslims to dialogue about whether or not they worship the same God, because sometimes they can use the same words with different meanings, different words with the same meanings, and so forth. In other words, I do believe that Mohmed is correct because Muslims do view “Allah” as a proper name (although originally it seemed to be the general Arabic equivalent to “Elohim” used by Arabic speaking Jews, Christians, and even polytheists).

      • Dokimazo
        June 23, 2017 @ 6:19 am

        Thanks for your reply. Makes sense, for that is what nominal Christianity really did with the title god. But this really added no clarity on who God is. Matter fact it has obscured the issue. YHWH really is the only personal name of the one true God, all others appear to be titles. Now in the case of Allah, if I am not mistaken, means mighty one. It to being a title that over the years has kind of taken on a Nomina Sacra through usage in the Muslim community. Again clarity in some ways has been obscured.

  2. Mohamed
    June 13, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

    As a layman Muslim, I believe the boundary regarding this question is more cultural than religious. Dr. Bogardus has mentioned that “Allah” is a generic name for the Almighy God in Arabic, which is false. “Allah” is a personal name, just as YHWH, for the God of Abraham among Arab pagans (formerly), Arab-speaking Jews, Christians, and Muslims. An Arab Christian would accept that the God of the Quran is the same “person” as the God of the Bible regardless of difference in concept, this might not be true for a Christian from an European background.
    Pagans, Jews and Christians who interacted with Muhammed understood fully that he was referring to the God of Abraham. This could be the reason why “Abrahamic monotheism” is a overarching narrative in the Quran. If this idea was delivered to a Greek-speaking or Latin-speaking Christian, I believe their reaction would be similar.
    The old testament itself uses interchangeable names for God, who was called “El” or “Elohim” before Moses and “Yahweh” after, with no one asking “Are they speaking about the same entity?”. Similarly in the new testament “God the Father” is clearly indistinguishable from YHWH, with caveats. Why should “Allah” be any different?

    PS. Dr. Tuggy made a dismissing comment regarding the “Gospel” of the Islamic Jesus. In the Quran, “book” or “scripture” does not necessarily mean ink on paper, but rather a coherent text. Jesus and Paul refer to gospels they preach and order to preach, which is not material, but a set of orally delivered doctrines and teachings.

    With gratitude.