Cross-posted on Purple Like Polka:
I have no problem admitting that I am fascinated by early Islamic philosophy. I love reading the philosophy of Ibn Sina (Aviccena), al-Farabi, find the “rational theology” (Ilm-al-Kalam) fascinating, and find that I agree with much of what these early teachers say. I also appreciate many aspects of Islam, specifically in the Qur’an. I think there is much to be learned from it.
At the same time, though I believe there historically was a Muhammad and find much truth in Islam, I deny its central tenets and even some of its auxiliary beliefs. Though I agree with some of what Islam teaches, I also disagree with parts as well. In light of this, I can’t call myself a Muslim.
This brings me to my bigger point – why do people continue to call themselves Christians when they deny the central tenets of Christianity? There is no Peter Rollins for Islam, saying that we must merely live as Allah wants us to live and forgo the beliefs. Why is there one for Christianity?
If someone is going to deny that Jesus is God, the second person of the Trinity, that the Bible is infallible and inspired, that Christ died for the sins of the world, then why keep the ‘Christian’ title? If you don’t like the organization, then don’t go by its name.
My question, then, is if a person denies the central tenets of Christianity, why do they continue to claim the name?