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Sunday, February 22, 2015
J.P. Moreland: Why the Church Must Overcome Its Aversion to Intellectual Development
One job of the church is to be salty to the world in which it finds itself,
so if that world grows saltless, we should look first to the church herself to
glean what we can about her contribution to the situation. ... A major cause of our current cultural crisis
consists of a worldview shift from a Judeo-Christian understanding of reality to
a post-Christian one. Moreover, this shift itself expresses a growing
anti-intellectualism in the church, resulting in the marginalization of
Christianity in society—its lack of saltiness, if you will—and the emergence of
the most secular culture the world has ever seen. That secular culture is now
simply playing out the implications of ideas that have come to be widely
accepted in a social context in which the church is no longer a major
participant in the war of ideas.1 In the rest of this book, then, I’ll try to
demonstrate how the church must overcome the neglect of this critical area of
the development of the Christian mind, perhaps the most integral component of
the believers’ sanctification. The role of intellectual development is primary
in evangelical Christianity, but you might not know that from a cursory look at
the church today. In spite of this, if we are to have Christ formed in us
(Galatians 4:19), we must realize the work of God in our minds and pay attention
to what a Christlike mind might look like. As our Savior has said, "Love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind"
(Matthew 22:37). To do this, we cannot neglect the soulful development of a
J. P.Moreland, Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul.
2nd Ed. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2012. Print.