Monday, April 27, 2009

Apologist Profile: Dr. J.P. Moreland

I consider J.P. Moreland to be one of the bravest thinkers within Evangelical Christianity. Having heard him speak in person, Moreland is gifted with the ability to simultaneously challenge the Christian and the unbeliever. His philosophical mind and ability to communicate truths through illustrations and stories allows the listener to grasp very difficult concepts in a practical, applicable way.

Moreland holds degrees in philosophy, theology, and chemistry and has taught in numerous schools throughout the United States.

Undoubtedly, what I like most about Dr. Moreland's work is his passion for the Christian Mind to be restored within the body of Christ. He readily admits that in the past Christian's stopped valuing the life of the mind and began basing their beliefs largely on feelings. I, like Moreland, believe the cultivation of the mind is essential for the message of Jesus Christ to be heard more effectively.

To hear Dr. Moreland speak on this very topic, I encourage readers to listen to this challenge by Dr. Moreland entitled The Importance of the Mind in Christian Living.

The audio was found here.

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Southern California

Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary

M.A., University of California, Riverside

B.S., University of Missouri


Loving God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul, co-authored with philosopher Dallas Willard

Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power

Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity

Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, co-authored Dr. William Lane Craig

Consciousness and the Existence of God: A Theistic Argument

For an extensive list of Moreland's publications, see here. (scroll down)



The Historicity of the New Testament

The Rationality of Belief in Inerrancy


The Selfish Heart of Christianity?

The Good Life


Philosophical Apologetics, the Church, and Contemporary Culture

So Right It's Wrong

What is Truth and Why does It Matter?

Is Seeing Really Believing?


Is Science a Threat or Help to Faith?

Scientific Creationism, Science, and Conceptual Problems

Argument from Consciousness

Scientific Naturalism and the Unfalsifiable Myth of Evolution

Why is Evolution Believed More Firmly than the Evidence Warrants?

What is Scientific Naturalism? (Part II of the above article)


Answering the Skeptic

Turning Heroes in Horrors (Responding to Moral Relativism)

Persuasive Evangelism in a Pluralistic Culture

If you are interested in viewing other articles by Dr. Moreland, please see here and here.

Dr. Moreland's homepage offers numerous other handy resources such as:

Dr. Moreland's work is most valuable and I encourage our readers and team members to check it out.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross

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