LOVE YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIND: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul By: J.P. Moreland
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Table of Contents
PART ONE: WHY THE MIND MATTERS IN CHRISTIANITY Chapter One: How We Lost the Christian Mind and Why We Must Recover It Chapter Two: Sketching a Biblical Portrait of the Life of the Mind Chapter Three: The Mind's Role in Spiritual Transformation
PART TWO: HOW TO DEVELOP A MATURE CHRISTIAN MIND Chapter Four: Harassing the Hobgoblins of the Christian Mind Chapter Five: Clearing the Cobwebs from Our Mental Attics
PART THREE: WHAT A MATURE CHRISTIAN MIND LOOKS LIKE Chapter Six: Evangelism and the Christian Mind Chapter Seven: The Question of God (Part I) Chapter Eight: The Question of God (Part II) Chapter Nine: The Evidence for Jesus
PART FOUR: GUARANTEEING A FUTURE FOR THE CHRISTIAN MIND Chapter Ten: Recapturing the Intellectual Life in the Church
I must admit that a times I become frustrated with the Church. There are so many Christians, they come to worship, they help in community outreach, and raise money for the needy oversees...but so often they aren't aware of why they do these things. There is a great disconnect between the American Church and clear thinking intellectuals of faith. In this book Dr. Moreland directly confronts this same shortcoming in the Church. Wow, what a book.
Part one gives us a very clear and succinct overview of the rise of Christian anti-intellectualism and the evangelical retreat from the marketplace of ideas. It then goes on to show how secularism has rushed in to fill the vacuum and the unfortunate consequences for our society in general. The book goes on so sketch out how Christians should be using their intellect to build their faith-life and then ultimately how God uses that to change out lives.
In part two Dr. Moreland introduces the idea of "empty selves". I have to say this part had a huge impact on me. I suggest that if you are an American and you practice introspection you will already know much of what he says, but it hits hard to hear it all put together in one place. The "empty self" describes so many of us today. He moves on to show us how to defeat the "empty self" and build our spiritual lives in an effort to defeat the emptiness.
Part three is essentially your typical apologetics arguments, but Dr. Moreland approaches some of the topics from an unique angle and throws in a few unusual arguments. While part three is similar to many other Christian apologetics texts it is very well connected to how we should use it in evangelism. It was an excellent refresher with some interesting twists.
In the fourth and final part the Church and individual Christians are called to action. Dr. Moreland has many great ideas about how individual Christians can make an impact in their church and how churches can make a greater impact on the world at large.
This book was excellent. I wish I would have read it years ago. It is motivational, informative, and compelling. I urge you to pick it up and add it to your library.