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Kingdom Triangle [Hardcover]

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Pages   237
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  031027432X  
EAN  9780310274322  
UPC  025986274320  

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Here is penetrating analysis and critique of Western society?s dominant worldviews, naturalism and postmodernism, which have also influenced the church. Moreland issues a bold call to reclaim powerful kingdom living and influence through recovery of the Christian mind, renovation of Christian spirituality, and restoration of the Holy Spirit?s power.

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Western society is in crisis, the result of our culture's embrace of naturalism and postmodernism. At the same time, the biblical worldview has been pushed to the margins. Christians have been strongly influenced by these trends, with the result that the personal lives of Christians often reflect the surrounding culture more than the way of Christ, and the church's transforming influence on society has waned.In Kingdom Triangle, J.P. Moreland issues a call to recapture the drama and power of kingdom living. He examines and provides a penetrating critique of these worldviews and shows how they have ushered in the current societal crisis. He then lays out a strategy for the Christian community to regain the potency of kingdom life and influence in the world. Drawing insights from the early church, he outlines three essential ingredients of this revolution: ? Recovery of the Christian mind? Renovation of Christian spirituality? Restoration of the power of the Holy SpiritHe believes that evangelical Christianity can mature and lead the surrounding society out of the meaningless morass it finds itself in with humility and vision.

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J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is distinguished professor of philosophy at Biola University. He is an author of, contributor to, or editor of over ninety books, including The Soul: How We Know It's Real and Why It Matters.

Stephen Meyer (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the director of the Discovery Institute's Center of Science and Culture. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times best-selling book Darwin's Doubt.

Chris Shaw (PhD, Queen's University, Belfast) is professor of drug discovery in the school of pharmacy at Queen's University in Belfast. He is the author of hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and the cofounder of a biomarker discovery company.

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books.

J. P. Moreland has an academic affiliation as follows - Talbot School of Theology. La Mirada Talbot School of Theology, La Mir.

J. P. Moreland has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Counterpoints
  2. IVP Classics
  3. LifeChange
  4. Scaling the Secular City
  5. Veritas

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An Honest Evaluation of Our Current Situation  May 11, 2010
I was acquainted with Dr. J.P. Moreland after reading his book "Scaling the Secular City". I was very impressed with that book and decided to try this book out. At first I was hesitant because this book wasn't a full blown apologetics book, but I realized that I needed to take a break from all the deep philosophy that I'm used to reading all the time. So I bought it (very cheap mind you).

The first half of the book discusses the problem we face in this country. Two main worldviews are competing with Christianity: naturalism and postmodernism. As a college student I can definitely vouch for the claims that the author makes. Our universities are in grave danger of becoming fully postmodern or naturalistic. As a student, I find myself being questioned for believing in Christianity as the absolute truth. Most students cannot comprehend having a worldview that has a particular set of duties. Instead, they are used to a fully relative worldview that is almost passive in its nature. No longer do you have students standing up for their worldview with discussions and debate. Instead, intellectual conversations end abruptly by the phrase "Well, that is your opinion" or "That is my opinion! Nobody is wrong!" Yet, these are the same students who complain that they are not happy.

This is just one of many topics that J.P. Moreland discusses in this book that I will not get into in this review. The book will take you about a solid week to read, because he asks you to reflect many times throughout the book in order for you to be honest with yourself. Also, I found the discussion questions at the end of the chapters very helpful in grasping the material.

Finally, if you are interested in apologetics then you will find this book very usefull. It may not be a book about arguments but it is a book that helps you understand your opponents alot more. Many of the stories he tells took my breath away and made me embrace the supernatural alot more, something I would have been hesitant about before reading this.

Overall, this book will impact you in some way, shape, or form. I think it is impossible to read this book and not get something out of it. Moreover, you can't beat the price!
Biblical Perspective  Mar 17, 2010
JP Moreland is a very intelligent writer. It demonstrates a solid biblical look at the current world thought, its problems, its consequences and how to recover the biblical mind. It is difficult to read with scientific jargon that may not be a basic primer for people, more for people who have already done some reading on the material. It does come with a study guide and a great bibliography and the book is short, and well worth the time.

The Resurrection of Drama - A Review of Kingdom Triangle by Moreland  Feb 6, 2010
In this wildly ambitious work, Moreland seeks to cure Christianity from the malaise that plagues - the death of drama; he is mostly successful, though not for the reasons he would give. Written for a popular audience, the Kingdom Triangle is divided into two sections; the first attempts to show us the "crisis of our age," attacking Naturalism and Postmodernism as the destroyers of drama. The second part is more hopeful, and is Moreland's attempt to construct a solution to the problem by means of three foci: knowledge, the soul and supernaturalism. With his insistence upon objectivity and reluctance to engage the best of Christian postmodern thought, readers risk being more entrenched against any other approach to knowledge and theology. However, the other parts of the work shine in comparison. When Moreland is attacking naturalism and working to instill drama he is much more effective. This combination of strengths and weaknesses make this book a minefield for the lay reader. There is much good to be had, but one can easily get the impression that all postmodern and emerging Christians are to just as feared and protected against as the Catholic Church.[1]

Drama for your mamma (and the rest of the Body of Christ)

The chief contribution of this work is Moreland's drive to instill drama in our lives. Moreland's use of drama is interesting and is the most important theme in the book. Moreland sets it up as the life full of meaning and purpose contrasting it with the drabness of everyday life. His awareness of the hunger for drama is startling and speaks to a need which likely resonates with much of his readership. Wise are the ways Moreland suggests Christians resurrect drama and acute are the causes he identifies for its crucifixion. He identifies the narcissism, individualism, passivity, and immaturity of the self that our popular culture produces;[2] and advocates the flourishing of the self, which includes the development of self-denial, character, and the spiritual disciplines.

Don't, Stop, Manifesting the Spirit...

Perhaps the most controversial part of the book for the target audience is Moreland's insistence that we recover the activity of the Spirit in our daily lives. He calls this "being naturally supernatural"[3] and attacks Cessationists. In great contrast to his dealings with Postmodernist Christians and Catholics, he advocates love and charity towards people on different places on the continuum of the Spirit's activities.[4] This advice is much needed in the North American Church today. He primarily challenges Cessationists by appealing to personal stories and the numbers of Charismatics in the world. Oddly enough, Moreland does not use Scripture to challenge Cessationists. Given his high view of and condemnations by means of Scripture, one would have expected the same here. Ultimately, his wisdom, gentleness, and honesty are instructive in this section.

I refute him thus!

"I refute him thus!" was Samuel Johnson's exclamation as he broke his foot upon a rock in an attempt to refute Berkley's idealism.[5] It is also method of attack Moreland employs in his critiques of Naturalism and Postmodernity.[6] Moreland's treatment of Postmodernism is the chief disappointment Kingdom Triangle. Moreland, the unapologetic modernist, [7] constructs the frailest version of postmodernism possible for the purposes of rendering asunder with the mighty blows of the three-sentence-proof. Moreland goes so far as to dismiss and critique of his characterization of postmodernism by saying: "For one thing, my description of postmodernism is an accurate account that fairly captures and understanding of postmodernism ... [so] I can hardly be accused of offering a caricature of the movement."[8] This rather grumpy, defensive, and dismissive tone is found throughout his discussion of Naturalism, Postmodernism, and Knowledge. Moreland unfortunately, for one of Evangelical Christianity's most highly regarded philosophers, reduces all of postmodernity into a "synonym for deconstructive relativism."[9] Too often Moreland attacks his constructed postmodernism[10] with simplistic proofs which bypass the real issues at hand. An excellent example of this is his discussion of objectivity and language.[11]

This seems like a rhetorical strategy to appeal to the value of common sense and anti-intellectualism of his intended audience. This, combined with a lack of real engagement of the best of Christina postmodern theory will hinder the intellectual development of his readers in the wake of Modernity's decline. It reeks of entrenchment rather than engagement.

The Gentle Curmudgeon

One final criticism of Kingdom Triangle is the bipolar writing style that Moreland employs. When attacking Naturalism and Postmodernism and constructing a theory of knowledge, Moreland writes in a grouchy, dismissive, and immature tone. He repeatedly deems things "sad" and uses brute force to argue his claims (see his listing to all the verse in the Bible that contain the word knowledge).[12] This is contrasted with the genuine love and concern from which he writes his other chapters.


Ultimately this book is a mix of the best and worst from Moreland. Moreland argues for the best possible modernist/foundationalist Christianity, and attacks the worst postmodern secularism, which he ties to all Christian postmodern thought. However, With the exception of the chapter on Knowledge, Christians would be wise to heed his words concerning the resurrection of drama. I would modify Moreland's argument (that Naturalism and Postmodernism have caused the death of drama) to the Church's acceptance of Modernism and lack of a response to its death have caused and sustained the death of drama. It is a shame this was not a two-volume work.


[1] Moreland is deeply skeptical in this work about the orthodoxy of the Catholic Church , warning evangelical Christians to steer clear of their spiritual development classes (p.159).

[2] Moreland, Kingdom Triangle, 142-145.

[3] Ibid., 182.

[4] Ibid., 178-179.

[5] For more on this, see Dinesh D'Souza, What's so great about Christianity (Regnery Publishing, 2007), 171.

[6] While Moreland and I agree on the perils of Naturalism, Moreland has a too narrow of a definition of postmodernism, see notes 12 and 13.

[7] See his infatuation with the self and objectivity, and unquestionable support of the correspondence theory of truth in Moreland, Kingdom Triangle, 78-88. and dismissal of critiques of modernity, such as the role of language creating worlds rather than nakedly describing them in Ibid., 85, 87.

[8] Ibid., 87.

[9] Franke, Character of Theology, The, 21.

[10] It is difficult to construct a positive definition of the varied modes of postmodernist theory. I follow Franke in maintaining that Postmodernism is best defined minimally as the critique of Modernity which requires "radical surgery." See Ibid.

[11] Compare Moreland, Kingdom Triangle, 86. with Stanley J. Grenz, A Primer on Postmodernism (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996), sec. The Problem of Language.

[12] Moreland, Kingdom Triangle, 114-120. Moreland opts for the brute-force technique for arguing that our knowledge must be certain (by his criteria and his criteria only, which happens to be foundationalist in nature).
fully devoted to God  Nov 3, 2009
moreland at his best. he is a professor, philosopher and superb debater. he gives you a great guide in how to integrate the maturing of your soul, mind and spirit thru truth and application of proper bible understanding.
For such an intellectual scholar, I love reading him - and listening to his vids on u-tube.

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

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Good stuff, however it's not an easy read...  Mar 16, 2009
I have to say that I personally enjoyed this book for many of the reasons listed already here. What I would like to add is my perspective as a pastor who attempted to use this book in a small group setting.

My experience with the book in this format was mixed at best.

On one hand, J. P. Moreland has some very insightful thoughts on the problem facing us and some practical ideas for moving forward. I don't agree with everything he says, but such disagreements are the fodder for good discussion and inquiry.

My "problem" with this book is simply that it indicates that it is targeted at a general Christian audience, while in actuality in terms of verbage and content is more appropriate for an academic or highly studied layperson.

Though I possess an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master of Theology and am no stranger to challenging reading, I found the book a tough read. The people in my small group, despite encouragement from me, struggled even more so. Many quit reading out of frustration. One even quit coming. Some read but admitted they understood little. The only positive was that discussion was quite good as we went along.

Again, my critique is simply that this is the sort of book that a philosopher or "learner" type will devour, but that the average Christian will become overwhelmed by and bogged down in.

In the end, I felt that the best chapters were the introductory one and the three concluding chapters where Dr. Moreland gave insightful practical advice. However, even here, there were large sections that were frustrating to my small group members.

My advice would simply be that anyone wishing to use this book in a small group setting carefully evaluate the "bookishness" of your group. If you have a lot of people that love digesting Dallas Willard and similar writings, then you will probably be fine. If you have a group of philosophy students you'll be more than fine! However, if your group is less inclined to challenging reading, it is my opinion that this book is written in a style that will likely overwhelm them.

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