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

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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

Love Your God with All Your Mind explores theology, doctrine, and spiritual growth.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by NavPress (first published 1997)
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James Korsmo
J. P. Moreland, professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, has written an absolute must-read in his book, Love Your God with All Your Mind. Moreland's basic argument is a simple but profound one: modern evangelicalism in the West has become largely anti-intellectual, and has lost much of its cultural power. The church needs to revive Christian intellectualism in order to engage the world and fulfill its vocation.

Moreland starts out by making the argument that since the Enlightenment a...more
Matthew Green
J.P. has some worthwhile things to say, and his intentions are good. However, there are some significant issues with it. First, there is sort of an underlying sense that the mind is of such importance to the person, to growth, and to God's design that it almost completely eclipses all other faculties in value. It almost seems as if the implicit argument is that salvation is accomplished by the cross, but sanctification is through reason, and while J.P. would never say this explicitly, the text h...more
Jordan J. Andlovec
There are only a few books I think every evangelical should read, and I think this is one of them, particularly because many wouldn't see any benefit in it. J.P. Moreland is not just a brilliant man but a man who is loves the church and is a practitioner, not just an intellectual, and the way the book is written is to be applied in your life, not just ingested.

I imagine I will be reading this book many more times.
Kelly
I loved reading this book. It filled a need for a week and a half that I've been feeling for over a year: the need for someone to open the discussion of what it means to have a Christian intellectual mind. I don't think the book is perfect, not by any means, and sometimes I considered Moreland's logic to be less than convincing, mostly because he holds logic so highly, and applies it so pain-stakingly in his appologetics that he misses certain non-logical but valid objections to his case. His ar...more
Robbie Pruitt
J.P. Moreland’s Love Your God with All Your Mind is a fantastic book that all Christians should read so we can recapture our minds for the sake of the Kingdom of God, for the sake of the gospel being proclaimed in the world, and for our own sakes. We must close the false chasm between the secular and the sacred and we must not “check our brains at the door” as it pertains to our faith. As Christians, we are obligated, even commanded, to integrate our faith into all of our lives. We must not live...more
Trisha
Moreland makes some excellent observations about the inability of many Christians to think well. However, he also seems to imply that our reason is not as affected by the Fall, placing it above revelation, instead of making it revelation's servant. He does not believe that the Holy Spirit illuminates Scripture for us, helping us understand the meaning of it. "Rather, He speaks to the believer's soul, convicting, comforting, opening up applications of His truth through His promptings." He goes on...more
Michael
My rating:
1: don't read
2: mediocre
3: good
4: great
5: everything i wanted it to be.
Moreland takes reason a little too far without uniting it with faith, and gets caught up in philosophy to the extent that it clouds his judgement and prevents him from seeing simple solutions. He also puts so much trust in his own argument that he doesn't objectively hear others' counter points. To contrast, many Christians switch their brains off for religious matters, and Moreland shows that is not necessary. This...more
Tim Baumgartner
This book challenged my mind. I can be so weak-minded at times. As the title says [in support of Matthew 22:37] we are to love God with ALL of our minds. I naturally want to take the easy road, the broad path, that most people want to follow. However, Jesus taught we are to follow the narrow path that leads to life. I had to pray and focus before reading these chapters of this book as my mind didn't want to engage. But as the Spirit enabled and empowered, I was able to benefit a lot from this bo...more
Joseph Hogan

This book explained so much!

I was especially intrigued to learn about the rise of anti-intellectualism in the American church in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then with the onslaught of atheistic ideas in the 18th and 19th century in the fields of science (e.g Darwinism), Philosophy (e.g Nietzsche, Kant and Hume) and in theology itself (German higher criticism), the church retreated into the realm of the heart, as she was not intellectually prepared to tackle these challenges like she previously...more
Clara Roberts
Moreland suggest that occassionally one should read books above your comfort level. This book fits that category for me. Particularly in the sections that deal with logic, reason, and philosophy. Moreland speaks of training the mind to think in terms of a Christian manner. Some noteabble quotes are "whoever controls the thinking leadership of the chuch in culture will eventually control the church itself." "When people learn what they believe and why they become bold in their witness and attract...more
Sonny
When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied, “Love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Jesus made it clear that we are to love God with our intellect. The apostle Paul made it clear in Romans 2 that spiritual transformation occurs by a renewing of our minds.

According to J.P. Moreland, both the Scriptures and church history make it clear that something has gone terribly wrong with our modern understanding of the value of reason and intellec...more
Andrew
Anti-intellectualism has pervaded our society. Western culture is characterized by the empty self: we are swayed by cravings, are increasingly narcissistic, are sensate (believe in feelings, not ideas), redefine success as power and wealth instead of virtue, and are too hurried and busy to think. "Reason has given way to rhetoric, evidence to emotion, substance to slogan, the speech writer to the makeup man, and rational authority . . . to social power. . . ." The modern evangelical church is no...more
Rudolph P. Boshoff
In the rearview mirror of Post enlightenment; anti- intellectualism was the default position of the current church. The mind was not only removed from believers but intellectualism was seemingly frowned upon. In this book Prof. Moreland calls for the Church to become smart as well as stay spiritual. These two polarities are not in contention but are simply indicative to individual growth as a Christian. Here is a quote from the book that shows the sad progression found within religious leadershi...more
Brandon Halvorsen
This book calls for a revolution - a revolution of what we Christians think about thinking. The author gives a persuasive argument on how important the role of the mind is in the life of faith. He also gives some practical guidelines on how to develop ones thinking faculty.

Tragically, in many parts of the church today we have all but ignored our minds when it comes to loving God and practicing our faith. Instead we have majored on loving Him with our emotions and behaviors and while these are im...more
Bob Gooch
One of the most frustrating things about being an Evangelical Christian in this culture is the pervasive notion that Christianity is anti-science, anti-intellectual and just something you do to feel good about yourself (or even superior to others). What makes this so frustrating in part is that there is some of that in the Evangelical world. If this bothers you as much as it does me, then this is the book for you. It will not solve the problem, but it will help you understand the problem, and, m...more
Ann

I just finished this very convicting book. JP doesn't mince words in laying great responsibility on the church (body) to "mobilize and train an army of men and women to occupy territory and advance the kingdom until the King returns"! Instead he says, we have become primarily a hospital to soothe empty selves. In his own unflinching style, JP states "we persist in viewing the sermon as the popular message that ought to be grasped easily by all who attend and evaluated solely on the basis of its...more
Aronkai
Apr 25, 2008 Aronkai is currently reading it
To take His yoke [Mt 11:29] means joining Him in His work, making our work His work. To trust Him is to understand that total immersion in what He is doing with our life is the best thing that could ever happen to us.
To "learn from Him" in this total-life immersion is how we "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). The outcome is that we increasingly are able to do all things, speaking or acting, as if Christ were doing them (Colossians 3:17). As apprentices of Christ we...more
Craig
It's been a while since I've read a book this thought provoking in a good yet admonishing sense.

The basic structure is that of identifying the importance of one's mind as a Christian, detailing the anti-intellectualism of the church, and then explaining the author's plan to fix it. All arguments to support the importance of the mind to the Christian are well founded and biblically supported. Nothing too surprising or paradigm shifting there, mostly just drawing a spot light on a often neglected...more
Rob
Moreland encourages and challenges Evangelicals to academic study and presents its benefits for the life of the Christian. Along the way, he gives an introduction to logic (esp. fallacies and rules of inference), a bit of epistemology, and a reformative manifesto for Christian churches to revitalize the life of the mind in their congregations and facilitate spiritual development. He refutes scientism, skepticism, and moral relativism, recounting several conversations that he had with their propo...more
Jrood
If you have ever wondered why Christian influence is not proportionate to the number of Christians in America? Or why churches are no longer the center of communities; why pastors are no longer considered intellectual leaders? Why well intentioned followers of Jesus don't know much about the history of Christinaity or how to explain it's message to a modern neopagan culture. If so, you'd enjoy reading "Love Your God with All Your Mind" by JM Moreland.

At the root, many of these problems are creat...more
Julia
Oct 10, 2007 Julia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: christians, pastors and others involved in church leadership
Shelves: apologetics, owned
J.P. Moreland does a great job covering "The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul."

He starts out discussing anti-intellectualism in today's American Christian culture (how we got there) and then lays out what one can personally do to reclaim the life of the mind.

I especially liked his brief lesson on logic (Modus Ponens, Modus Tollens, and Disjunctive syllogisms), his examples of apologetic reasoning in action (responses to skepticism, scientism, and moral relativism), and the description of...more
Rachael
My favorite part of the book: his amateurish attempt at biblical criticism and dating of Acts and firm declaration that there was no real rift between Paul and Peter. Let's just throw out what the majority of scholars say about these matters! Even more fun, his musings about these issues are embedded in a rather bizarre argument that attempts not to just, WLC style, establish facts surrounding the resurrection in particular, but to establish the factual accuracy of the bible as a whole. Hey, if...more
Sergio Flores
J. P. Moreland does such a good job at laying down his case for loving your God with all your mind. It was a fun read, as well as challenging me to think with questions in the chapters. Defiantly changed my mind on how I view the mind in relation to God and the rest of my body. I have to say that this book is a must read.
Stacia
Overall this is a good book. There were a few chapters that were difficult to get through, but on the whole he has a lot of good things to say to spur the reader on to deepen understanding and thinking in regards to the Christian life and the Bible. However, he was obviously never a SAHM so there are times you have to take his suggestions with a grain of salt! :) It was a good book to challenge me.
Fiore Carpino
This book was interesting. It is written from the perspective of an evangelist with a frankly abysmal opinion of many typical modern. He begs and pleads and reasons for christians to please start thinking for themselves and find some foundation for their faith so that people stop thinking Christianity is simply something that people "feel" is the right thing. Anyway I completely agree with him :)
Jeremiah
The strength of this book is the brief tracing it does to show how a loss of intellectual rigor among layman & pastor alike has contributed, partially, to a withdrawn, insecure, & unengaged church in the world. As a result the centers of power in our culture are dominated by secular ideas. The book also does a decent job to address ways to implement a more robust church life so that local congregations can become more intellectually active. The mind certainly isn't the only part of the d...more
Jonathan B
In the first chapter Moreland establishes that there is a problem in the Church of anti-intellectualism. Moreland then moves to demonstrate that the Bible teaches the importance of developing the mind. The rest of the book is focused on exploring ways in which we need to and can accomplish this intellectual development. For example, he has a section going over basic propositional logic as well as a section that deals with church government and worship. Would be a good book to have your Sunday sc...more
Hiroshi
Too often do we hear "Don't let it remain as head knowledge, make sure it is applicable to your life". While it is true that most head knowledge should lead to heart knowledge and subsequently action in life, theology is also there to glorify God even in an of itself through reflection on it (Its content and its ability to evoke the mind to recognise the wonder of God's design in creation, His plans or His revealed word.) or the full use of the God-given facility of cognition.

This is the first...more
David Brownlee
This is a good read. Moreland provides and provokes one to study, and to love/serve God with the mind.

However, in this work Moreland approaches it with his bent, his giftings and talents. Unfortunately, leaving those that are not wired in this matter (more intellectual minded), feeling left out, like how they feel, and what they think are invalid. There is an air of superiority to this book to a degree, that if you do not have a masters, been to seminary, or are not working on a phd, one does no...more
Brad Stewart
Fantastic book!! Great for all Christians from new to those already in leadership. It challenges all Christians to apply ourselves to not only regular Bible study, but also extra-biblical literature. We need to as Paul said, "Have a ready defense" to answer the unbeliever who challenges your faith. As Christians, it is essential that we prepare ourselves through rigorous study and reflection to once again be a voice in the public square. Moreland is a top-notch scholar, and I got so much out of...more
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J.P. Moreland is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has four earned degrees: a B.S. in 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-Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern Califor...more
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