On Worshipping the Same God


  • T. J. Mawson University of Oxford




God, Worship, monotheism, reference, pluralism


In this paper, I argue that if any one of Judaism, Christianity or Islam is true, then the adherents of each worship the same God as one another. The issue is primarily one of reference and on any plausible account of how “God” and what I call “cognate names” of God work, all refer to God if any refers to God. Thus, anyone who directs worship to what they suppose they refer with these names directs worship to God if there is a God. There is (perhaps surprising) scope for those with radically misguided views of the nature of God to nevertheless refer to Him and to worship Him should He exist.


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How to Cite

Mawson, T. J. (2024). On Worshipping the Same God. AGATHEOS – European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 1(1), 63–81. https://doi.org/10.69574/aejpr.v1i1.22900