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

By J. P. Moreland (Author) & Dallas Willard (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.66" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1997
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  1576830160  
EAN  9781576830161  

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The mind plays an important role in Christianity. Unfortunately, many of us leave our minds behind when it comes to our faith.

In Love Your God With All Your Mind, J.P Moreland presents a logical case for the role of the mind in spiritual transformation. He challenges us to develop a Christian mind and to use our intellect to further God's kingdom through evangelism, apologetics, worship, and vocation.

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Author J. P. Moreland presents a logical case for the role of the mind in spiritual transformation, challenging us to develop a Christian mind and to use our intellect to further God’s kingdom through

• evangelism
• apologetics
• worship
• vocation

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J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to thirty-five books, including Does God Exist?, Universals, Consciousness and the Existence of God, and The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology.
Chad Meister is Professor of Philosophy at Bethel College. He is author or editor of fifteen books, including Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed, Introducing Philosophy of Religion, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, co-edited with Paul Copan, and God is Great, God is Good, co-edited with William Lane Craig. He is the general editor (with Paul Moser) of the forthcoming book series Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society.
Khaldoun A. Sweis is Chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Olive-Harvey College. His publications include articles in Think: A Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, The Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, and he is co-editor (with Chad Meister) of Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources.

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. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
  2. IVP Classics
  3. LifeChange
  4. Scaling the Secular City
  5. Veritas

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top of the chart  Dec 15, 2008
I'm putting this book somewhere at the top of my list of best books to read for both knowledge and inspiration. J.P. Moreland challenges the Christian to think Christianly.
Why You Should Love God With Your Mind  Oct 22, 2008
J.P. Moreland's Love Your God with All Your Mind calls evangelical Christians to cultivate the intellect as an act of worship to God. Moreland decries the anti-intellectualism prevalent in the current evangelical climate and encourages Christians to begin actively developing a Christian worldview that can engage and challenge the current philosophies dominating the scientific and academic world.

Love Your God with All Your Mind focuses on three major areas of Christian practice. Moreland begins by exposing the anti-intellectualism of the Church today and the areas in which Christians have deserted intellectual engagement.

Moreland does not leave us with the simple challenge to begin developing a Christian mind; he also shows us what that mature mind looks like. Love Your God describes how a surge of intellectualism will bolster evangelism (providing a basis for serious apologetics [131]), and give Christians the proper ammunition to answer skepticism, scientism and relativism (141-142, 146-148, 150-152).

A third theme running through Moreland's book focuses on the cultivation of the mind as an act of spiritual devotion. Moreland reminds the reader of the Old Testament's teaching about wisdom and knowledge - qualities that come from those devoted to using their minds as the primary vehicle for making contact with God (66-67).

Love Your God with All Your Mind exposes the ways that evangelicalism today falls short of the biblical mandate to cultivate the mind as an act of worship. Moreland offers several solutions, one of which is centered in his emphasis on seeing all of life as integrated. The split between the "sacred" and the "secular" (27-29) is perhaps the most damaging implication of Christianity's anti-intellectual inclination. Moreland correctly perceives that this separation between sacred and secular has served to silence Christian voices in areas of "secular" knowledge. Faith is relegated to the upper sphere of feelings and sentiment with no more authority than someone's personal opinion, whereas facts are seen as "secular," scientific, and not subject to religious critique.

The division between sacred and secular is exacerbated by evangelicalism's emphasis on full-time ministry as the "sacred" calling from God and the subsequent failure to understand secular vocations as also fulfilling divine calling (174-176). In recent years, evangelicals have tried to address this issue. Several books geared to making Christians aware of their religious duties at work have appeared on bookshelves and have sold moderately well. Unfortunately, the biblical understanding of "vocation" has not made its way into the pulpit, so when pastors do address issues of work and occupation, they spend most of their time emphasizing how Christians can do "sacred" activities within their secular fields (evangelism, promoting honesty, starting Bible studies, etc.) rather than teaching them to accomplish their vocations for the glory of God.

Love Your God contains three suggestions that I hope to apply in future ministry. First, I have begun to see all my reading and study as an act of worship (166-169), not just my seminary or devotional reading. Because of this, I have begun the practice of praying after every chapter of every book I read, thanking God for whatever insights I have learned from the book. This includes non-Christian books as well. Secondly, I hope to emphasize in my preaching and teaching that all vocations are a calling from God and are not "secular" or cut off from sacred mandate (177-181). Finally, I believe that worship services should not center only on feelings and sentimental impulse, but on the proper preaching of God's Word and the doctrines contained therein (158-159). Worship is not successful because it provokes feelings of ecstasy in the worshiper, but because it leaves us with a correct picture of our transcendent, personal God.

Love Your God also leaves me with several questions. How do we convince our churches of the need for intellectual engagement? More specifically, how do we stir up in our people a love for study and reflection? How does the Church's existence help or hinder the apologetic nature of our evangelistic efforts? How can we compete with the onslaught of entertainment choices in our efforts to cultivate the Christian mind? Should we use entertainment as a springboard to further discussion?

J.P. Moreland's Love Your God with All Your Mind is a thought-provoking book that deserves to be read by all evangelical Christians. Moreland rightly perceives the damage done to the Church by today's anti-intellectual climate and he offers sound, biblical suggestions for overcoming this barrier to greater Christian influence.
Love Your God with All Your Mind  Jul 19, 2008
8 May 2008 - Well laid out book that makes a good case r the importance of thinking in Christianity. While it does a good job there are several aspects to life and how to live that are just as important but are downplayed in this book.
Start using your God-given mind!  Nov 15, 2007
One of my favorite books! This book alone helped pave my budding interest in Truth and Apologetics. Moreland will challenge the great mass of church-goers to evaluate how engaged their minds are, in every area of their lives. Here you will see with clarity that as followers of Christ, made in his image - we have a mind that must subject all things to reason and logic. We are called to be actively engaged in worship and Spiritual growth, and this book will explain why and where we as a whole, fall short of "loving God with our minds". Being a Christian is not about feeling a certain way, but truly about thinking a certain way. Moreland with words of grace with eloquently knock against your mind to see if there might be anyone home to reason with him. Are you ready to leave the milk and sink your teeth into a little meat?

One of the First Books I Would Recommend to any Christian   Aug 26, 2007
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.

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