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ISBN/ASIN : 1576830160
Manufacturer : Navpress Publishing Group|
Release data : July, 1997
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Great book, but has problems
This is a great book, but it could be greatly simplified, I feel, and therefore, be more effective in this age of mindless adults dumbed down by a worthless public education and university system. Also, his political viewpoint, which rejects out of hand the use of God's laws and moral commands when it comes to government, shows that he is over his head when it comes to this topic. He needs to read more in this area. He might start with Gary DeMar's "The Ruler of the Nations." Then, read the last section of Calvin's "Institutes," followed by a closer study of biblical texts such as Romans 13, 1 Samuel 8 and the Book of Proverbs.
Moreland is a wise and effective teacher.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It draws attention to the need for intellectual development as an aspect of spiritual formation. It does not ignore the heart, but Moreland reminds readers that the Biblical conception of the heart (as the core of a person) includes the mind. This is valuable reading for anyone, but it is particularly useful for college students. The reading list of "Sources for Integration" alone is well worth the price of the book. J.P. Moreland is an important figure in the growing movement of Christian leaders who are both intellectual and firmly orthodox. This book was edited by Dallas Willard (former head of the philosophy department at USC) and is highly recommended by Phillip Johnson (Darwin on Trial) and Josh McDowell.
Much-needed wakeup call
Moreland sounds a wakeup call for the church to remember its scholarly heritage, and to shed the anti-intellectual attitude often present in the church. He begins with the biblical basis for developing a strong Christian mind, and for having a reasoned response when asked why we believe. Moreland then provides practical insights on ways for individuals to develop an understanding of apologetics and to gain a Christian perspective on one's vocation, and for churches to change to address these needs. I found the book to be very challenging, and I highly recommend it.