Quote of the Day (J. P. Moreland)

“In the actual practices of the Evangelical community in North America, there is an over-commitment to Scripture in a way that is false, irrational, and harmful to the cause of Christ, and it has produced a mean-spiritedness among the over-committed that is a grotesque and often ignorant distortion of discipleship unto the Lord Jesus” (J.P. Moreland, “How Evangelicals Became Over-Committed to the Bible and What Can Be Done About It”, presentation to the 2007 Evangelical Theological Society meeting in San Diego)

  • Ellena

    Interesting quote!

  • TomS

    J.P. Moreland – hasn’t he been associated with the creationists?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    Yes, he is a creationist, although one that seems to be a good deal more honest and humble than some others who hold views comparable to his own. But I haven’t read enough of his writings to generalize.At any rate, it is precisely because he is squarely in the conservative Christian camp that makes this quote so interesting, in my opinion.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03089281236217906531 Scott F

    Interesting. I heard a Mormon professor at Vanderbilt use the exact same argument in complaining about Evangelical voters reaction to Mitt Romney.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17336244849636477317 John Pieret

    Moreland was editor of and a contributor to The Creation Hypothesis: Scientific Evidence for an Intelligent Designer, an early (1994) attempt at Intelligent Design advocacy that, before the Discovery Institute had fully developed the proper protective coloring for its palaver, was promoting what Moreland called “theistic science.” Discovery Institute stalwarts, such as Phillip Johnson, Stephen Meyer, William Dembski and Moreland himself, shared the stage with more traditional creationists, including the old-Earth creationist Hugh Ross, young-Earther Kurt Wise and even televangelist John Ankerberg.

  • Anonymous

    I studied under JP Moreland. JP Moreland is an evangelical christian who is a trained pastor (THM from Dallas Theological Seminary) and a PHD in Philosophy (from USC). He is an Evangelical Christian, has a strong interest in promoting Christianity and does so at every opportunity. However, he also is very interested in correcting mistakes that many evangelical christians make, such as anti-intellecutalism, and misuse and misnterpretation of the Bible. As for creationist, thats a very broad term. He is a creationist in the sense that he believes that God created the universe. But not a fully commited creationist in the sense of believing that the universe was created in 6 days. He is open to this view, however entertains it, and is not anti- 6 days creation. He just doesn’t think it should be a theological lithmus test. At any rate he often complained how he wanted to get out of the 6 day creation debate. However, in the more general sense, that God created the universe, there is no doubt he is commited to that. He and William L Craig make use of a very simple but sophiscated versions of the Cosmological argument in their works, and in their debates.


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