Professor who said Christians and Muslims 'worship the same God' is stepping down

A professor at the Christian liberal arts school Wheaton College is stepping down from her position after saying
Christians and Muslims “worship the same God,” NPR reported.

The professor, Larycia Hawkins, and Wheaton released a joint statement saying they have “found a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation” and “reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways.”

The announcement comes after Hawkins ignited controversy at the school with a Facebook post about Muslims and Christians.

“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins wrote. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

Though it’s not entirely clear what statement Hawkins was referring to from Pope Francis, in November the pope said that “Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters,” according to The Washington Post. The Post also highlighted that the Catholic church teaches that Muslims and Christians worship one God.

Hawkins also donned a hijab for the Facebook post, which she has described as an act of solidarity with Muslim women.

Hawkins was placed on administrative leave on December 15 as the school determined whether her statement is at odds with the school’s core beliefs. Professors and students at Wheaton must affirm and sign the school’s “Statement of Faith” annually.

Hawkins claimed Wheaton misinterpreted her statement, which she said was not a theological treatise but a demonstration of support for Muslims. She previously said she wanted to stay at Wheaton and continue her scholarly work teaching in a Christian setting.

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