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Release data : July, 1997
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One of the First Books I Would Recommend to any Christian
J.P. Moreland lays out the biblical basis for cultivating a mind, and shows the importance of knowlege and reason in everyday life. This book(or other books like it) is important for the Christian who is skeptical about the role of reason in Christianity. This is surely a needed book for the Christian culture in America today who downplay the value of intellect in the faith.
A Great Challenge For the Modern Evangelical!!!
Dr. Moreland presents the reader a challenge to develop the reasoning faculties of the mind. Love Your God With All Your Mind is an inspirational message for intellectual and spiritual growth. It is an important work not only to be read but lived in one's daily life. The message of this book calls us to work our minds, to think, to analyze, to ponder, to wonder, to question, and to place ourselves in situations where we are stretched beyond our current mental capacities bring us. He quotes from philosophers, historians, scientists, and spiritual leaders for the sole purpose to awaken to the sluggishness of much to our current anti-intellectual trends and have us use our minds in our worship of God and in our service to others.
One of the most gripping statements Dr. Moreland's makes is when he addresses his own children, and advises them if their faith in Christianity is no longer credible for them that they should abandon it. I found this to be an intriguing statement from such a man who has given his life to cause of the Christ and the defense thereof. Yet, it also reveals the seriousness he takes this intellectual call, and shows the depth of his faith in Christ as well.
Dr. Moreland offers many methods and resources for developing one's mind. Two of the of the more compelling and practical methods of intellectual growth is challenging ourselves to read books that are little above our ability to comprehend, and to maintain relationships with those people who may often sharply and articulately disagree with our point of views. In doing so our own false and weak ideas will be done away with and refuted or the very arguments and positions we hold to will be strengthened.
His final chapter is an appeal to have the Church of Christ rise up and fulfill its calling to be the pillar and support of the truth (I Tim. 3:15). It directly speaks to the church and its responsibility to train its members to have a reasonable faith and be enabled to address the issues of society through intelligent service and with the compassion of Christ.
Worth your time, money, and effort.
This book is a wonderful book. I will admit that a lot of the information contained within is available in other sources, lectures of his on the Veritas forum, other books meant to be a wake up call for Christians to use their mind (A mind for God by White). So a major decision on wether to purcase this is wether or not you already feel sufficiently awake yet.
This book is directed towards your average lay person, so it's handy to give to someone to express the case for a more intellectual pursuit of God. It also has a chapter where he discusses the nature of the Soul and the Spirit which to me was the reason for buying this book.
I would like to comment to some of the negative comments about this book in reviews. First of all this book is one in a series upon the Christian life, if you felt this book left you cold and didn't cover other areas of the Christian life that's because it has the support of the other books in the series to lean on and can just focus on the one issue.
Secondly, though those arguments wouldn't necessarily work on Phd who debates those issues, most Christians don't run in those circles and don't need that level of argumentation. It's not as though that's even in the ballpark of what J.P. has to offer, if you want higher level apologetics I can't recommend Scaling the Secular City enough (believe me I've tried).