The Connection between the Monotheistic Traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam with Respect to Divine Revelations within the Traditions

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In looking at the world, one would not be surprised to find a great variety of people with varying beliefs and cultural traditions according to the culture’s history and geographic location. But what might strike one as odd is a great similarity across most of those people as well: a belief in God. And not just any God, but a single God who has divine knowledge and power over humanity. Yet with these commonalities, the three traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each have a unique take on what they feel is the correct belief about God. But with so many commonalities, one might think the three traditions would be closer linked than they appear. Could these three faiths all have a common source beyond simply monotheistic beliefs,…show more content…
Does God have one cohesive identity seen in each tradition, or does God have a multiple-personality complex that switches between people? In looking at what identity means, one voice offers help to determine a clearer understanding. In his essay Introduction to Neo-classical Theism, Kevin Timpe tells us that we have to distinguish identity between a proper name and a definite description. If we are to ascribe God as a definite description, than it would stand that the idea of God would be more along the lines of a title or position rather than an innate characteristic or nature. For if God held the title of God but was at some point not able to meet up to the standards of that, then God would no longer hold that title. (199). If, however, we are to ascribe God as a proper name in that God means the actual being or nature of that deity, than God would absolutely encompass what it means to be the supreme deity of creation. Yet does God being a proper name still mean that God is only known as God and not Allah or YHWH? These may be cultural titles given to the deity God that help to better understand the revelation of God in a tradition’s context. And with understanding God through name and titles comes the act of revealing that understanding to other people. One of the most powerful and well-known forms of divine revelation comes from a significant figure among the people of

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