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Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul

, 2012
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We know that faith means “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Love Your God with All Your Mind explains the importance of using your mind not only to win others to Christ but also to experience personal spiritual growth. Author J. P. Moreland challenges you to use logic to further God’s kingdom through evangelism, apologetics, worship, and vocation.

This revised edition includes expanded appendices and three new chapters that outline how to argue for the reality of God and the historicity of Jesus’ life teachings, death, and resurrection.

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  • Encourages the readers to analyze their faith
  • Discusses spiritual growth and evanglism
  • Includes appendixes featuring recommended resources for further study
  • Part One: Why the Mind Matters in Christianity
    • How We Lost the Christian Mind and Why We Must Recover It
    • Sketching a Biblical Portrait of the Life of the Mind
    • The Mind’s Role in Spiritual Transformation
  • Part Two: How to Develop a Mature Christian Mind
    • Harassing the Hobgoblins of the Christian Mind
    • Clearing the Cobwebs from Our Mental Attics
  • Part Three: What a Mature Christian Mind Looks Like
    • Evangelism and the Christian Mind
    • The Question of God (Part I)
    • The Question of God (Part II)
    • The Evidence for Jesus
  • Part Four: Guaranteeing a Future for the Christian Mind
    • Recapturing the Intellectual Life in the Church

Top Highlights

“According to the Bible, developing a Christian mind is part of the very essence of discipleship unto the Lord Jesus.” (Page 44)

“As G. K. Chesterton bemoaned, once people stop believing in God, the problem is not that they will believe nothing; rather, the problem is that they will believe anything.” (Pages 29–30)

“By ‘reason’ I mean all our faculties relevant to gaining knowledge and justifying our beliefs about different things.” (Page 44)

“1. A misunderstanding of faith’s relationship to reason. First” (Page 19)

“Here’s a simple definition of knowledge: It is to represent reality in thought or experience the way it really is on the basis of adequate grounds.” (Page 56)

This exploration into the mind of evangelical Christianity is one of the most courageous books of our time. In language that is thoroughly erudite but compassionate, theological but practical, and scriptural but entirely relevant to today, the author presents the deeper significance of Paul’s plea to the Christians at Phillipi: ‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.’

—D. James Kennedy, former senior minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL

J. P. Moreland exemplifies the Christian mind as it ought to be: tough and analytical but also generous and caring. Christians who want to develop their minds in the service of Christ couldn’t find a better teacher or book for the task.

—Phillip E. Johnson, retired professor, UC Berkeley

Perhaps as never before, the church needs to grapple with the issue that J. P. Moreland has so eloquently presented. In a day when experience has become the driving force in our thinking, we must recapture the biblical importance of the mind. Dr. Moreland spells out the issues in a profound yet understandable way so that this book is essential reading for anyone who takes his or her faith seriously.

—Clyde Cook, former president, Biola University

In today’s climate of increasing secularism, Christians must stop retreating from the arena of ideas and heed the call of this book to retake the ground the church has ceded to the university. More than a call for action, this book provides the historical, biblical, and philosophical groundwork for Christians to actually begin reclaiming their secular world. For many, this will be a whole new paradigm of how to be a Christian in our world. If only 10 percent of today’s evangelical Christian leaders study this book and take it to heart, the church will once again transform the world!

—Edward Kang, pastor, Gracepoint Berkeley Church, Berkeley, CA

  • Title: Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul
  • Author: J. P. Moreland
  • Edition: Revised and updated
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 294

J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He received a B. S. in physical chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Southern California. He has spoken and debated on over 200 college campuses and taught in 500 or so churches around the world. In addition, he has authored, edited, or contributed papers to ninety-five books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals (McGill-Queen’s), Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge), The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, and Debating Christian Theism (Oxford.) He has also published over 85 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy. Moreland was selected in August, 2016 by The Best Schools as one of the 50 most influential living philosophers in the world.


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  1. Sean



    There is much I could say about this book, but overall I can only rate it as "disappointing." Though it claims to have been updated recently, it was a journey back to 1990s-style apologetics and American culture wars with little relevance beyond that era. The stress on the former was particularly ironic as the author wrote as if atheism were on the ropes and ready for the count-out--right before the rise and spread of the "new atheism" in the 2000s. Clearly if intelligent design and "worldview" apologetics were enough, that movement wouldn't have gained ground. The need to love God with the mind and the problem of anti-intellectualism in the church (and beyond) are issues that definitely need to be addressed, but the author does not offer any new solutions besides the already tried approaches of fundamentalism. We need less natural theology and more Jesus, please.
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    The four-part book, with each succeeding part building on the previous seeks to establish not only why, but also how the Christian mind could be developed to regain its original self, and to be able to deal with life issues on a more intellectual plain. However, for not being clear from the onset on this is tantamount to missing the connection Jesus made between life and God. The author as a result disengages most of the activities of our everyday lives from faith and discipleship. Although he failed to explain why “thinking objectively” is a risk-taking, it can be concluded that it is a risk worth-taking on its own merit. By attributing the loss of the Christian mind in American Christianity to the advent of the Great Awakening cannot be wholly true as there could be the influence of other intervening forces like the industrial revolution. Moreland continuously and vehemently insist on the need for the believer to engage in complex modes of engaging the mind. As we juxtapose that against the situation where Jesus was espousing simplicity when it comes to the believer’s approach to the Word, there is an initial difficulty which is put to rest with his discussion on the five barriers to reason, insisting that the development of the mind and its cultivation is critical for spiritual growth in God’s kingdom. Point of Correction: Part of the opening sentence of the third paragraph on page 23 on Evangelical Withdrawal Begun, appear to have a grammatical challenge. That section could have read: “Sadly, the emerging anti-intellectualism in the church created a lack of readiness to combat the widespread intellectual assault on Christianity that reached full force in the late 1800s.” Instead of: “Sadly, the emerging anti-intellectualism in the church created a lack of readiness for the widespread intellectual assault on Christianity that reached full force in the late 1800s. A real strong point was made where the writer admonished that it is not always necessary to support moral viewpoints with Scripture, as we can draw inferences from natural law and the physical world around us. The problem envisaged with this position, however, is whether these could be wholly reliable, as they could be highly subjective and culturally-interpreted. Additionally, how does that approach fare in the face of the idea of the “Solar Scriptula?” It is sad, to say the least, that Reagan could not get the expected support from the evangelical clergy at the time. But to attribute their disqualification to their lack of knowledge in extra-biblical literature is quite bizarre. Was it the only requirement? In explaining the functions of the soul, the author states that, “The eyes do not see. I (my soul) see with or by means of the eyes.” The challenge is, what happens to a blind person under this circumstance? Can the soul see through the blind eye? Can it be concluded that the function of the eye is to see with the soul, which acts as the “control center” as its main function? In his attempt to distinguish between the various departments of the person – soul, spirit, mind, etc., the author shied away from establishing the exact difference between the soul and the mind. At one time he made the two to appear as one. At other times, they are two separate entities. The discussion on the “Empty Self” and also of the Five Groups of Virtue, were well addressed. However, the points raised on the importance of English Grammar were quite technical and needed more space for proper understanding. The statement made to the effect that the devaluation of grammar correlates closely with a devaluation of the mind, truth and thought, could not be further from the truth. But it needs to be taken further to discourage the use of “sheng” and other pidgin language in religious discourse, if need be. The most technical part of the book is the section on Principles of Reasoning. But the author is recommended for the attempt to simplify the approach, though not entirely comprehensive to all newcomers. Moreland then helps us to look at the different aspects of a properly functioning Christian mind. Beginning with the heart-beat of God – evangelism, he guides us to see the different areas of life in which the growing Christian mind is essential. But then, do we really need apologetics in evangelism? Should evangelism be an argument? And how much time is available in an evangelistic campaign (in my church, for example), to raise arguments and refute them? And how can this exercise be carried out among children and people with little or no education? Is it therefore being advocated that evangelism must be the preserve of the elite? Having the disciples of Christ as reference point, with their fisherfolk background, what did they study, or what occupied their thinking? And what was the content of their message that turned the world upside down? Touching on reasoning, this methodism and particularism as pontificated by Rene Descartes and John Locke, requires more time for proper assimilation, for why think that I have to know how I know this before I can know it? For all said and done, Christians today, for all intents and purposes, must embrace this challenge of sanitizing (as it were) our minds through proper reasoning regimen and critical thinking and embrace the logical assessment of issues, if we are going to maintain our saltiness. And this indeed must affect our mission statements, and vision statements and our curriculum at every level. It is high time Christians become different from the broader society. And the distinctiveness of our difference should not be derogatory, but respected and awed. This accomplishment is a possibility, as we become a reading and a studying church community, and readily offering ourselves as conduits through which God’s manifold wisdom can flow to a thirsty world.


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