"Some readers may think this is a minor, nit-picking point, but it is not. The English-language media's use of "Allah", rather than "God", when talking about Islam falsely implies that there is some theological distinction. Also, more importantly, it provides yet another example of the subtle ways that news organisations can influence people's attitudes, perhaps unintentionally and probably without realising they are doing it."He's got half a point, I think - but there's a couple of problems with it. One is the notion that the concept of God in the "Abrahamic faiths" is either indistinguishable or theologically insignificant:
""The fact that Allah and the Biblical God are identical is evident from Biblical etymology," Dr Umar Abd-Allah of the Chicago-based Nawawi Foundation writes. "From the standpoint of Islamic theology and salvation history, it is simply unacceptable to deem the Biblical God and that of the Qur'an to be anything but the same ...I don't really think this is the case. God did not become flesh and dwell amongst us, looking from the "standpoint of Islamic theology and salvation history", whereas for the Christian he did - spoke his final words through his Son, thereby dispensing with the need for prophets.
"Muslims, Christians and Jews should have no difficulty agreeing that they all turn to the God of Abraham, despite their theological and ritual differences. Historical arguments between their faiths have never been over what name to call Abraham's God.""
In this sense, Mohammed is for orthodox Christians a false prophet. Hardly an insignificant theological quibble. And this brings us to another point. I can't say I've noticed the MSM rendering 'God' as 'Allah' any more than they used to. What I have noticed, however, is the routine way in which Mohammed is referred to as 'the Prophet Mohammed'. Why is this? After all, references to Yeshua Ben-Joseph as the 'Lord Jesus Christ' don't pepper the columns of religious affairs journalists with quite the same frequency.