A handful of Wheaton College professors elected by their faculty peers have called on the west suburban school to vacate the administrative leave and proposed termination of their colleague who said Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

In a letter sent Wednesday, the college's faculty council told its peers that it had unanimously recommended withdrawing the suspension and halting termination proceedings of tenured professor Larycia Hawkins "due to grave concerns about the process."

"The only way forward is to go back to the beginning where this whole thing started with Larycia," said Gary Burge, a professor and New Testament scholar, and member of the faculty council. "My own feeling is that the college will find the courage to rescind the leave of absence."

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