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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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PREPARE YOUR MIND FOR ACTION 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 M
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Published June 1st 1997 by NavPress (first published 1997)
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James Korsmo
Aug 03, 2011 James Korsmo rated it it was amazing
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
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Matthew Green
Dec 12, 2012 Matthew Green rated it it was ok
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
Jacob Aitken
Many have rightly hailed this book as a game-changer. Unfortunately, not enough have. It’s hard to put this book’s importance into words. It changed my life in college. Enough with the praise; let’s begin.

Moreland’s thesis is developing a Christian mind is part of the essence of Christian discipleship (Moreland 43). Further, since the mind is a faculty of the soul (72, more on that later), one cannot develop one’s soul in relation to God without taking the mind into account. Yet Moreland is not
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Jordan J. Andlovec
Apr 25, 2014 Jordan J. Andlovec rated it really liked it
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.
Robbie Pruitt
Jul 31, 2012 Robbie Pruitt rated it it was amazing
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
Michael
Jul 20, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
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
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Craig Prather
Jan 15, 2016 Craig Prather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. Moreland takes an intellectual approach to Christian apologetics in a very pragmatic way. I enjoyed the emphasis upon reaching the high school age group before secular colleges have a chance to denounce Christianity in an academic setting. Great read for those interested in intellectual apologetics.
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
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Chrissy
Jun 16, 2017 Chrissy rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
I thought this book explained how Christianity does supports critical thinking and reason. A lot of the time, faith and reason are separated, but Moreland integrated these with good explanations. He recognizes the importance of thinking in the interconnectedness within a person. There are extensive discussion about the relationship between mind and spirit, soul. He distinguishes each with thorough definitions. He provides practical ways that would strengthen the mind: by choice of literature, le ...more
Jeff
On the surface, J.P. Moreland seems like a sensible guy. He explains the origin of fundamentalism (a backlash against evolution, 19th century biblical criticisms, and other modern concepts) and how fundamentalists have withdrawn from the intellectual world. Christians, Moreland argues, should not be this way. Rather, they should train their minds and, as the title implies, love God with their mind. I don't disagree with this.

It is Moreland's application of this thesis that is so repugnant. Essen
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Sonny
Jun 12, 2013 Sonny rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Andrew
Mar 24, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
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
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
Craig
Apr 15, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it
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
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Trisha
Apr 28, 2014 Trisha rated it it was ok
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
Ann
Jun 02, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing

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
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Andy Stager
I have seen a debate spring up recently about whether the notion of a pastor–scholar is possible and, if possible, desirable. By the time I was finished with this book, I had settled the issue in my mind.

Scholars embedded in academic contexts should do original research. Yet, the whole body of Christ should be becoming wise and intelligent, able to articulate not only the substance of the faith but also its application to a variety of contemporary problems. This requires that the pastor and eld
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Brandon H.
Oct 06, 2012 Brandon H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics, reviewed
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
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Rob
Apr 16, 2011 Rob rated it it was amazing
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
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
Clara Roberts
Nov 30, 2009 Clara Roberts rated it it was amazing
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
Debbie
Jan 15, 2017 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Five stars! This book is for you if you want to love and serve God with all your mind, and if you value critical thinking as part of spiritual growth.

It focuses on the recent trend of anti-intellectualism in the church and offers suggestions to recapture the life of the Christian mind, both for spiritual growth and for Christian witness.
Important to note is that from Puritan times to the middle of the nineteenth century, American believers highly valued the intellectual life. The great America
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Joseph Shafer
Jan 30, 2016 Joseph Shafer rated it liked it
This book had a lot of really good information about the state of intellectualism in the Evangelical Christian church, but the author spent far too much time ranting about political hot-button issues instead of refining his argument. His views on the church's view of homosexuality were mentioned probably a dozen times, and he gave very little explanation for them. He even questioned a fellow believer's salvation because that believer thought that homosexuality was genetic instead of a conscience ...more
Joseph Hogan
Oct 24, 2013 Joseph Hogan rated it it was amazing

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
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Jrood
Jan 10, 2011 Jrood rated it it was amazing
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
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Brian Chilton
Jul 31, 2014 Brian Chilton rated it it was amazing
J.P. Moreland demonstrates the intellectual prowess that in required if one is to love God with the mind. Moreland demonstrates why the mind matters to the Christian. Then, Moreland examines ways that the Christian can develop the Christian mind before evaluating what such a mind looks like. Finally, Moreland offers some ways in which Christian leaders can train other Christians to become intellectuals. While I do not necessarily agree with all of Moreland's suggestions in the final section of t ...more
Julia
Aug 15, 2007 Julia rated it really liked it
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
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Rachael
Oct 30, 2012 Rachael rated it it was ok
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
Eric
Mar 22, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bible study teachers
Recommended to Eric by: Denver Seminary
Outstanding. Moreland correctly assesses the lack of Bible knowledge among the laity, and encourages his readers to respond in obedience to the Word and learn the Word, and then apply it to our daily lives. He covers some of the same ground as William Lane Craig in Reasonable Faith, but not at the intensity of Craig. He also has a short, but powerful section on evidences for Jesus, some of which I had not seen before.

The only reason that I did not give the book 5 stars is that it digresses into
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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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“Anti-intellectualism has spawned an irrelevant gospel. Today, we share the gospel primarily as a means of addressing felt needs.” 5 likes
“But their overall effect was to overemphasize immediate personal conversion to Christ instead of a studied period of reflection and conviction; emotional, simple, popular preaching instead of intellectually careful and doctrinally precise sermons; and personal feelings and relationship to Christ instead of a deep grasp of the nature of Christian teaching and ideas.” 3 likes
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