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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
  Calling God "Allah"
How would you feel if the government suddenly told you that the word "God" could only be used to speak about the old Anglo-Saxon deities, and that you (assuming "you" are an Anglophone Christian of some sort) must forthwith find another word to describe the being you worship?

There was a discussion at Carey last semester with the title "Is Allah God". (It was part of a series of lunchtime engagements where staff and students discuss "hot topics" to model theological difference.) Some of the participants might be interested in this post court case over the use of 'Allah' by Antony on his old testament passion blog. Malaysian Catholics are taking court action in an attempt to protect their (and other Malaysian Christians' - see the comments) right to continue to use the word 'Allah to indicate God, as they have traditionally done, against government pressure to allow Allah to only be used to speak of the divine being as Muslims understand things. Atr stake is whether Allah means "God" as opposed to a "god" or whether the word is an exclusively Muslim name. Christians in countries with a strong Muslim majority face different issues from those who worship comfortably among an indifferent population ;)


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