One final word on the Wheaton controversy: Increasingly, the controversy generated around this looks to me like an attack on the right of an evangelical college to define and maintain its doctrinal boundaries. Hence the consistent accusation that Wheaton College acted from a bad (and legally suspect) motive — “enmity toward Muslims” — rather than a consistent, honorable, and legally protected one — i.e. concern for doctrinal orthodoxy.
I have not yet seen actual evidence proffered that the Wheaton administrators acted from the legally suspect motive rather than the legally protected one. No matter. If you re-publish the narrative often enough, people will believe it. Evidence not necessary.
PPS. I am grateful that at least one major newspaper, The Chicago Tribune, gets it.
PPPS. I haven’t mentioned this, but it absolutely should be acknowledged and applauded: I have not seen or heard even a whiff of accusation** against Wheaton College from Dr. Larycia Hawkins herself. On the proposition “Christians and Muslims worship the same God,” I would argue the negative, Dr. Hawkins the affirmative — but she has shown kindness, consideration, and affection toward those with whom she disagrees:
A holy kiss to you who disavow the idea that Muslims & Christians worship the same God: I love you. Peace & respect.
Thank you, Dr. Hawkins. And the peace of Christ to you.
** UPDATE: That was true when I posted this in December 2015. By January 2016 it had become less true. Dr. Hawkins’s accusations against Wheaton were certainly not the most pointed or inflammatory accusations I saw, but they were accusations, and they were public. The extent of their truth I am not in a position to judge.
As to the peace following the Hawkins-Wheaton settlement of differences, it was an awkward, uneasy peace.