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Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul Paperback – June 1, 1997

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"J.P. Moreland exemplifies the Christian mind as it ought to be-tough and analytic, but also generous and caring. Christians who want to develop their minds in the service of Christ couldn't find a better teacher, or a better book for the task." -- -Phillip E. Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial

"This is more than just another Christian book. It is the wake-up call that the church needs today. God gave us minds for a reason. It is crucial that we become like Christ in the way we think. If we heed J.P.'s words, we can counter the culture in which we live, work, think, and minister." -- -Josh McDowell, Josh McDowell Ministries --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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An invaluable book aiding the concerned Christian in the battle for the Christian intellect, Love Your God With All Your Mind offers a no-holds-barred approach to fixing what's gone wrong in the Church. The author brilliantly identifies the reasons for the loss of the Christian intellect and how the Christian mind has been lost to the ever-growing popularity of anti-intellectualism.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; 60183rd edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576830160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576830161
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Johnson on December 23, 2000
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Moreland does the Christian community a favor by writing this book, which could have easily been entitled, "Using Our Christian Mind in a World That Doesn't Want us to Think." Unfortunately, I have seen too many Christians pooh-pooh the concept of "loving God with all your mind" and instead focus on the "heart and soul." I just heard someone say, "The only thing that's important is loving Jesus." What does that mean? For her, it is pretty much forgetting anything intellectual. To reach her goal of worshipping Jesus, she apparently desires to continually sing worship choruses and read fluffy sections of the Bible every day. This is a dangerous trend in our evangelical Christian society today where, for many, nothing but good feelings matter. (And when you don't have "good feelings," does this mean God has stopped loving you? Or that you no longer love God? And how am I supposed to think of these things if my mind really doesn't matter? The problems with shutting down the mind are endless.)
As Moreland points out, all aspects of our heart, soul, and mind play a role in the true worship of an all-holy God. He does a great job giving reasons why we need to make sharpening our intellect a priority. God has given us brains, so why should we not use them? At the same time, this does not put the mind at the top of our priorities and relegate everything else to a secondary status. I think Moreland tries really hard to show that he wants to avoid a Gnostic mentality. (I see some reviewers before me did not see this, but c'mon, give a break here. The entire premise of his book is stressing how the mind has taken a second-class status with too many Christians. What else was Moreland supposed to stress?
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"How is is possible for a person to be an active member of an evangelical church for twenty or thirty years and still know next to nothing about the history and theology of the Christian religion, the methods and tools required for serious Bible study, and the skills and information necessary to preach and defend Christianity in a post-Christian, neopagan culture?"
This question captures the essense of this readable and profound book. In it J. P. Moreland explores the intellectual life of the Church; the history of intellectualism (or lack thereof) in the Church; and the scriptural basis for why it's important for Christians to develop healthy, active, critical-thinking minds. And he offers some challenging and intriguing ideas for renewing the intellectual life of the Church (No senior pastors!!??).
As an active member of an evangelical church for close to twenty years who has much to learn about the history and theology of the Christian religion, J. P. Moreland's book has challenged me to spend more time studying God's Word and mastering the evidences for my faith so that I can be a more effective witness for Jesus Christ. This book has encouraged me to love God with all my mind (Mark 12:30).
This is an important, convicting, and helpful book for any Christian who sincerely desires to grow in their relationship with our Lord and Savior.
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Often Christians are accused of not engaging their brains, unfortunately this criticism is often deserved. J.P. Moreland does an excellent job of showing the reader how to develop his Christian Mind. If you are an intellectual wannabe and have read James W. Sire's book 'Habits of the Mind', you'll also want to read this book which was written three years prior to Sire's book. I would suggest reading them both as they both compliment each other well.
Moreland takes 10 chapters divided into four sections to develop the concept of the mature Christian mind, a mind that loves God to the utmost. One special chapter of interest covers logic, a discipline that is lost on all but a few Christians, but crucial for developing a reasoned apologetic. In Section Three (chapters six through nine), Moreland describes how the Christian intellect is relevant in evangelism, apologetic reasoning, and worship within the church. I also enjoyed the final chapter which covers a plan for developing the Christian intellect within our churches.
I highly recommend this book and give it an 11 on a scale of 12. As I suggested previously I would also read Sire's book shortly before or after reading Moreland, depending on which you read first. Let us continually strive for the Mind of Christ!
Semper fi & agape--Ed D.
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At first I thought maybe I was ostentatious by thinking that many of today's Christians need to get their intellect in gear as part of sharing & defending the gospel. Too often too many Christian feel that as long as we are happy & friendly then we are doing our part in the church. J.P. Moreland explains what a well-formed mind is and, more importantly, why it is so needed in the church today. He shows how a mature mind has taken a back seat in the church and how we can get it back at a personal level, congregational level, and in the church as a whole.
Moreland gives Biblical passages and reasons for having a mature Christian mind and how the Spirit works within the mind to bring us to a more mature Christian faith. I cannot imagine anyone reading this book and not being motivated to allow their faith to go beyond just an emotional level.
Moreland gives a quick lesson in some essential principals of logic. He briefly shares several experiences he has had with various skeptics and provides basic arguments to a variety of modern ideas.
This book is good to not only get your mind prepared for a deeper relationship & understanding of God, but also to equip your mind for evangelism with unbelievers and various faulty beliefs. Furthermore, Moreland provides suggestions for getting an ENTIRE CONGREGATION to a whole new way of thinking about worship, fellowship, and equipping the saints. I am so glad to know that someone else agrees with me that church should not just be a place to gather, sing, and be happy. We should also go to church to LEARN about (not just discuss) God and learn to defend the faith as we are instructed in I Peter 3:15. I would love to see more churches become actively and aggressively involved with developing a mature Christian mind.
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