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#1: How University Students Can Love God with Their Minds – Dr. JP Moreland

Understanding the importance of loving God with the mind as well as the heart is foundational for flourishing during the university years. My guest in this inaugural show is Dr. J.P. Moreland. We discuss themes in his book Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul.

Dr. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has spoken to students and professors on over 175 campuses, and has authored, edited, or contributed to over 90 books and over 85 academic journal articles. In 2019 he was named one of the top 50 living philosophers. Few are as qualified to discuss this issue than Dr. Moreland.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Why he wrote this book for the Christian community [1:00]
  • The importance of students knowing why they believe what they believe [5:27]
  • The correct definition of “faith” [6:20]
  • Why faith and reason are not opposites but complement one another [10:40]
  • The difference between a “faith tradition “ and a “knowledge tradition” [17:00]
  • Some challenges Christian students will face on campus, and how to respond [21:25]
  • How parents can help prepare their children to think Christianly during college, and how early to start [28:54]
  • How students can respond if a campus ministry is discouraging study and the life of the mind [37:04]
  • How to evaluate one’s major from a Christian perspective [43:02]
  • The relationship of knowledge to wisdom, and the demise of teaching wisdom at college [46:27]
  • How to discern a professors’ knowledge from a professor’s opinion [50:12]
  • Responding to scientism [54:57]
  • Responding to relativism [56:30]
  • Resources to help students find answers to their questions [57:08]

Resources mentioned during our conversation:

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  1. […] The first episode features an engaging interview with Dr. J.P. Moreland, professor and author of Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul on how university students can love God with their minds. You can listen here now. […]

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