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Praying to Allah, Praying to Jesus: Praying to the Same God

June 24th, 2007
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Here’s another Christian clergyperson who believes that when Christians pray to Jesus and when Muslims pray to Allah, they are actually praying to the one and same, true God.

TESTING THE FAITH

Priest goes Muslim,
but remains Christian

Episcopalian prays at mosque Fridays,
joins in church service Sunday mornings


Posted: June 18, 2007
9:22 p.m. Eastern


 




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Rev. Ann Holmes Redding at Seattle mosque (Courtesy Seattle Times)

SEATTLE – A veteran Episcopal priest says she became a Muslim just over
a year ago and now worships at a mosque Fridays – but that hasn’t
stopped her from donning her white collar Sunday mornings.

"I
am both Muslim and Christian, just like I’m both an American of African
descent and a woman. I’m 100 percent both," Rev. Ann Holmes Redding
told the Seattle Times.

Redding,
a priest for more than 20 years, until recently was director of faith
formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, the paper
reported. Now, she’s telling the world about her adherence to Islam,
provoking bewilderment from Christians and Muslims.

Kurt
Fredrickson, director of the doctor of ministry program at Fuller
Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., told the Times there are
"tenets of the faiths that are very, very different."

"The most basic would be: What do you do with Jesus?"

Fredrickson explained that while Christians consider Jesus Christ to be God, Muslims regard him as only a prophet.

Redding,
55, doesn’t think it’s necessary to resolve all of the contradictions,
arguing even people within Christianity can’t agree on all the details.

"So
why would I spend time to try to reconcile all of Christian belief with
all of Islam?" she asked. "At the most basic level, I understand the
two religions to be compatible. That’s all I need."

The
Seattle paper said Redding plans to begin teaching the New Testament
this fall as a visiting assistant professor at Seattle University, a
Catholic school.

She told the Times she felt a call to Islam that she could not explain.

"It
wasn’t about intellect," Redding said. "All I know is the calling of my
heart to Islam was very much something about my identity and who I am
supposed to be.

"I could not not be a Muslim."

Redding’s
embrace of Islam has been affirmed by her bishop, Rt. Rev. Vincent
Warner, who thinks the interfaith possibilities are exciting.

She
has been accepted by the mosque she regularly attends, the Al-Islam
Center of Seattle. But Hisham Farajallah, president of the Islamic
Center of Washington, is among the Muslim leaders who don’t understand
how she can remain an Episcopalian.

Being both Muslim and Christian — "I don’t know how that works," he told the Times.

Redding
says she wants to tell her story to help ease religious tensions and
hopes some day to create an institute to study Judaism, Christianity
and Islam.

"I think this thing that’s happened to me can be a sign of hope," she said.

A
graduate of Brown University, she earned master’s degrees from two
seminaries and received her Ph.D. in New Testament from Union
Theological Seminary in New York City.

She
was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1984 but has always challenged her
church, calling Christianity the "world religion of privilege."

She
has never believed in the Christian doctrine of original sin, and for
years she struggled with the nature of Jesus’ divinity, the Times said,
concluding Jesus is the son of God insofar as all humans are the
children of God, and that Jesus is divine, just as all humans are
divine — because God dwells in all humans.

At
St. Mark’s, which proved to be a good fit for her, she was in charge of
programs to deepen faith until she was laid off with two others in
March, for budgetary reasons. The church insists the dismissal had
nothing to do with her embrace of Islam.

Her
Muslim journey actually began at St. Mark’s when in fall 2005 an
Islamic leader gave a talk then prayed. Redding was moved as the imam
seemed to surrender his whole body to God.

The next spring, another Muslim leader taught a chanted prayer in an interfaith class, which she began saying daily.

Her
mother died at that time, the Seattle paper said, and "I was in a
situation that I could not handle by any other means, other than a
total surrender to God."

She can’t explain why that led her to become a Muslim, but says "when God gives you an invitation, you don’t turn it down."

She
read up on Islam and made her profession of faith – the shahada – in
March 2006, testifying there is only one god, Allah, and that Mohammad
is his messenger.

The Muslim requirement of praying five times daily has given her the deep connection to God she yearned for, she says.

When
she prays on other occasions, her prayers are neither uniquely Islamic
nor Christian but private talks with Allah or God, names she uses
interchangeably.

"It’s the same person, praying to the same God," she contends.

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  1. Paul W
    June 24th, 2007 at 20:26 | #1

    What can one truly say in this regard? This is an absolute illustration of the schizophrenia epidemic throughout much of the Christian world today. And for this “reverend’s” bishop to actually justify her being a member of Islam and Christianity, he ought to get defrocked…along with her. Is this what the Episcopalian church is coming to? It’s the laughing stock of the Anglican communion!
    So, this woman is a “priest” in a church body that ostensibly confesses that Jesus is God, but is a member of a “faith” group that denies Christ’s divinity. She’s a “reverend” of a denomination that affirms the crucifixion, but an adherent to a religion that denies the resurrection. She is a “minister” in a church that professes the Old Testament and New Testament, but a believer in the Koran because the OT and NT are hopelessly corrupted by evil persons.
    Is this not the public face of religious insanity? And the bishop justifies this heresy by claiming it is great for ecumenism? No objective truth there…at all.
    There is no God but God….and Jesus is his Son.

  2. June 24th, 2007 at 21:56 | #2

    “If you don’t know me, you don’t know the Father.” Jesus Christ

  3. wmcwirla
    June 25th, 2007 at 09:17 | #3

    I have a friend who studied for the priesthood in the Episcopal church who once quipped, “The Episcopalian Church is broader than Christianity itself.” This episode seems to bear this out.
    “What fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?” (2 Cor 6:14)

  4. Carl
    June 25th, 2007 at 10:49 | #4

    Is this not the logical outcome of denying the Word? I’m really
    not at all surprised! Wonder how Luther would address this?!!

  5. Matthew Surburg
    June 25th, 2007 at 14:41 | #5

    “She has never believed in the Christian doctrine of original sin, and for years she struggled with the nature of Jesus’ divinity, the Times said, concluding Jesus is the son of God insofar as all humans are the children of God, and that Jesus is divine, just as all humans are divine — because God dwells in all humans.”
    Okay, so she’s not Christian, which is no great surprise. I suppose if we asked a Muslim who takes Islam seriously, he would tell us that she’s not really a Muslim either.
    “…until she was laid off with two others in March, for budgetary reasons. The church insists the dismissal had nothing to do with her embrace of Islam.”
    This might be the saddest part of the whole article: that this church wouldn’t tell it like it is and decry her apostasy. (If her “interfaith possibilities” were so “exciting”, why did she get canned?)
    “She can’t explain why that led her to become a Muslim, but says ‘when God gives you an invitation, you don’t turn it down.’” This is just eerie. I have recently been reading C.S. Lewis’s “Perelandra,” a loose retelling of the Fall of Man from his Space Trilogy. Oddly, the Bent One (a.k.a. Satan) tempts the Queen (a.k.a. Eve) by telling her, among other things, that the reason Maleldil (a.k.a. God) forbade a certain act was to give her the opportunity to become truly herself by stepping out independently – in essence, the prohibition was a disguised invitation. After reading this over the weekend, I got up this morning and read “when God gives you an invitation, you don’t turn it down.” The Bent One himself couldn’t have said it better.

  6. BW
    June 25th, 2007 at 20:53 | #6

    Touting the education of this so-called priestess is an attempt to give her credibility while masking her convoluted apostasy.
    1Cor 1:19 For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”
    1Cor 1:20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
    Islam believes that Christ was just a man, who died of old age and buried in Arabia. Attempting to claim an allegiance to two opposing views of the Messiah smacks of a personal agenda. Instead of spoiling for an argument with Christians, she should read the Scriptures for the answer to her quandaries. Unfortunately this also calls into question the true nature of the Episcopal Church. Is this denomination a true member of the body of Christ, or just another crypto-cult.

  7. Rev. Al Bergstrazer
    June 26th, 2007 at 15:31 | #7

    This poor deluded woman.
    I wonder how long it will be before Rev. Redding;
    A. Realizes how Islam gives permission to mistreat women around the world.
    B. Recieves an ultimatum from her Imam that she must choose Christianity or Islam.
    C. That her liberal political/theological ideologies are completely at odds with Islam.
    D. That she will not be able to undermine Islam the way liberal theologians undermined Christian docrine in the Episcopal church.
    Perhaps Rev. Redding should spend a year or two in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, or maybe even Iran (if they’d have her) and find out what real Islam is like.
    What she encountered in Islam was something she would not find in the world of theological dilitants, doctrinal dabblers, and religious superficiality in which she traveled. In Islam she found people who have the courage of their convictions, borne out of a sincere trust in what they believe. Unfortunately she did not find the truth which has been in front of her for years. If this is an evdience of anything it is of the bankruptcy of liberal Christianity, wherein there is nothing sacred except the endless search for another experience.

  8. Joanne
    June 27th, 2007 at 21:43 | #8

    Did I not just read in Concordia that a person can associate with the church for many years, can even be an officer in the church, but still not be part of the church. They are a member of the visible church, yet do not belong to the communion of saints. Now, Ann will become a real Muslim, a true beliver; she will surrender her independent will to a new god. Her fathers in Christ failed her miserably, filling her head with subjective realities based on ever-changing experiences. Now, in Islam, she will find certainty and a god that will never change.
    She is just one of thousands of Episcopalian apostates. Her church (visable) helped her to find Islam by the intermediary of “interfaith experiences.” Soon they will know her no more. If Christ does not bring this lamb home, her loss will be charged to those shepards who lead her astray. There are some pretty nasty curses laid on false shepards. She will find everything she is looking for in her new faith, except salvation. Peter, do you love me … then, feed my sheep. Stay out all night till you find that one lost lamb and bring Ann home. Lord have mercy.

  9. Paul W
    July 6th, 2007 at 13:41 | #9

    I just ran across this update about the Islamic Priestess of the Episcopalian Church from the Seattle Times:
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003776789_webredding05m.html
    Apparently she’s been suspended for a year to “think about it.”
    An appearance of sanity, it seems.

  10. Paul W
    July 8th, 2007 at 19:14 | #10

    Here is the “Rev” Redding’s Trinity Sunday sermon extolling the virtues of examining other faiths’ doctrines to back up what you’re believing about such things as the Trinity.
    http://www.saintmarks.org/Sermons%20Etc/Redding061106.pdf
    I wonder this sermon would stack up against the Wiken diagnostic.

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