The Greatest Commandment: V’ahavta, “and these words which I am commanding you today shall be upon your heart” (part 3)

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Chapter 2: “Sketching a Biblical Portrait of the Life of the Mind”: Live Blogging JP Moreland’s LYGWAYM

This is a continuation of the attempt to live blog JP Moreland’s Love Your God with All Your Mind. Chapter 1’s attempt is here. Like the previous post, this will alternate between summary and my thoughts.

How to lose intelligent Christians

Moreland begins Chapter 2, “Sketching a Biblical Portrait of the Life of the Mind,” by contrasting the faith journeys of two influential thinkers. The first Continue reading “Chapter 2: “Sketching a Biblical Portrait of the Life of the Mind”: Live Blogging JP Moreland’s LYGWAYM”

Chapter 1: “How We Lost the Christian Mind and Why We Must Recover It”: Live Blogging JP Moreland’s Love Your God with All Your Mind

Hi, Readers! This post is an attempt at a live blog of a book, well, at least a chapter, an idea Jeffrey Tucker gave his readers as a way to pay better attention to important texts and produce something that might be of value to others in the beautiful free exchange of ideas on the Internet.

The following alternates between summary of J.P. Moreland’s revised version of Love Your God with All Your Mind and my thoughts. Accuracy in my responses has been sacrificed for the sake of capturing ideas as they arise–reader beware! But I have tried to faithfully represent the book in the summary paragraphs. Mistakes and misapplied words in the summaries are best assumed to be entirely my fault and not at all reflective of the quality of Moreland’s book.

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How did we get here?

Moreland begins the first chapter, “How We Lost the Christian Mind and Why We Must Recover It,” with a snapshot of the current intellectual crisis within Christianity by sharing a letter he received from an audience member after a lecture series. The woman narrated her transformation, credited to the lectures, from one who lacked confidence in her ability to rationally defend her faith to one who could engage those around her with peace of mind because she finally had reasons for what she claimed she believed as a Christian. Moreland, though pleased to have helped this one soul, was sad that the woman’s initial state describes the norm in wider Christian culture. In response to this, he poses several questions Continue reading “Chapter 1: “How We Lost the Christian Mind and Why We Must Recover It”: Live Blogging JP Moreland’s Love Your God with All Your Mind”

Creation in the Exodus Torah Portions

Anyone else seeing Genesis in Exodus as you read through the Torah portions this year? In Shemot, the children of Israel are described in terms of the blessing on man and on fish & fowl. In Ve’iera & Bo, the plagues look like creation week being undone, reversing to the darkness of day 1 in Exodus 10 and reversing further to the lamb slain from the foundation of the world in Exodus 12 and the death of the firstborn. Last year, all I could see was the gospel in the Torah portions. This year, it’s all about the new creation. Do you notice a different theme each year as you read? What theme are you noticing this year?

Microcosmos

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