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Oct 21

The God Question

Guest: Dr. JP Moreland

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As true followers of Christ, we are used to the current culture portraying "Christians" as unintelligent, disillusioned crackpots. There are those out there giving Christ a bad name, but if the world were to dig a little deeper, they would see that there is a vast difference between being a follower of Christ and simply claiming a religion. Culture is hungry for true Christians - intelligent, compassionate, bold believers. They are fragmented human beings searching for purpose. And that search can lead them to the God question. Dr. JP Moreland joins us to talk about how that question can be answered - intelligently and compassionately.

Dr. JP Moreland is he Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has earned four earned degrees: a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M. A. in philosophy from the University of California-Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California.

During the course of his life, he has co-planted three churches, spoken and debated on over 175 college campuses around the country, and served with Campus Crusade for Christ for 10 years. For eight years, he served as a bioethicist for PersonaCare Nursing Homes, Inc. headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

His ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the New Scientist and PBS’s “Closer to Truth,” Christianity Today and WORLD magazine. He authored or co-authored 30 books, including Kingdom Triangle, Scaling the Secular City, Consciousness and the Existence of God, The Recalcitrant Imago Dei, Love Your God With All Your Mind, The God Question, and Body and Soul. He published over 70 articles in journals, which include Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Philosophia Christi, and Faith and Philosophy.

Personal Interests: His hobbies are exercising, following the Kansas City Chiefs, and being fixated by really great TV dramas like 24 and Lost. With his dear wife and ministry partner, Hope, they have two married daughters, Ashley and Allison, and as of 2010, four grandchildren! They attend Vineyard Anaheim church and are deeply committed to the body of believers there.

On Who Has Influenced Him:  Besides his family and close friends, three people have had the greatest impact on him during my journey with Jesus: Bill Bright, Howard Hendricks, and Dallas Willard. He first came to Christ in 1968, and joined Campus Crusade staff from 1970-75, and 1979-84. He will never forget being in Dr. Bright's presence during those years. He exuded intimacy with the Lord, he was full of faith, and he lived a holy life. These values were clearly put in place in his life due to his influence. He set a high bar in these areas, and his life gave me a living hope that significant progress in these areas was clearly within reach. Dr. Bright also died a vibrant, victorious death, and he hs stated: "as I age, I very much want to do the same in a Christ-honoring way."

He has the honor of studying under Dr. Hendricks during his years at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) from 1975-79. He took several courses from him and was in a small discipleship group with Hendricks my last year at DTS. The values he saw in him were radical commitment to Christ, to reading in general and studying scripture in particular, and to the priority of marriage and family. He also had a commitment not to bore people while teaching the Bible and to exhibiting a keen sense of humor. These have all become his values, due in no small measure to Dr. Hendricks.