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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Review: Paul M. Gould and Richard Brian Davis - Loving God with Your Mind: Essays in Honor of J. P. Moreland

http://img2.imagesbn.com/p/9780802410399_p0_v1_s260x420.JPGEvery once in a while you find a book that changes your whole perspective. Years ago, I read a book that did just that. I have reread it a number of times since. It was called "Love Your God with All Your Mind" by J. P. Moreland. This is not to be confused with the book I am presently reviewing, which is called, "Loving God with Your Mind" I refer to the former to say that Moreland's work has become a game changer in many respects.

If you are like me, I have heard sermons telling me to "quit over-thinking stuff", "God doesn't do things logically", and "Quit relying on your mind and start listening with the spirit." For too many years, much of the Church has held an anti-intellectual stand. Some preaching almost made you feel guilty to think. It would have been funny, if it had not been so tragic.

Moreland has been a great benefit to the Church. Here, a group of men who were mentored by him, give us a series of articles showing the different areas of Moreland’s writings and teaching.

Starting with the first two chapters, I thought I may be in over my head. Platonism and naturalism are two subjects that I have very limited knowledge of. After pushing through, it really got interesting. Not that the first two were not interesting; it was more my ignorance of the subject than the writing itself.

The book is divided into three parts:

1. The Building Blocks of the World
2. Thinking for Christ in the World
3. Living for Christ in the World

Parts two and three are much more accessible than the first. Understandably, part one tended to be more abstract. I think even those like me who had to push through will come to see that it was well worth the time and effort. This book was a great read and packed full of great information.

With subjects ranging from creation to happiness, there is a great variety of information to keep you reading.

I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book, free of charge, from Moody Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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