What Is the Deepest Issue Facing the Church Today?

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J. P. Moreland offers an interesting answer:

The deepest issue facing the church today is this:

Are its main creeds and central teachings items of knowledge or mere matters of blind faith, privatized personal beliefs, issues of feeling to be accepted or set aside according to the individual or cultural pressures that come and go?

Do these teachings have cognitive and behavioral authority that set a worldview framework for approaching science, art, ethics—indeed, all of life? Or is cognitive and behavioral authority set by what scientists or the American Psychiatric Association say, by what Gallup polls tell us is embraced by cultural and intellectual elites. . . .

The question of whether or not Christianity provides its followers with a range of knowledge is no small matter. It is a question of authority for life and death, and lay brothers and sisters are watching Christian thinkers and leaders to see how we approach this matter.

—J. P. Moreland, The Soul: How We Know It’s Real and Why It Matters (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014), 14.

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