The Truth of the Soul: A Student Response to Dr. JP Moreland

By Nathaniel Cooperrider
College of Theology Student, Christian Studies with Emphasis in Biblical Studies

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With someone as well- known and respected as Dr. JP Moreland scheduled to speak at Grand Canyon University last week, it came as no surprise that Howerton Hall was standing room only. As Dr. Moreland gave his talk on Neuroscience, Consciousness and the Soul, the tightly packed audience gave him their complete attention.

Throughout that hour, Dr. Moreland explained what exactly the soul is as well as presented many arguments for its existence and why neuroscience cannot answer the question of the soul. Everything he taught was philosophically sophisticated and complex, but he encouraged the audience to really engage and think about what he was saying. Because of Dr. Moreland’s wit and deep understanding of these topics, everyone walked out understanding something new and wanting to learn more.

Dr. Moreland inspired people to love knowledge and to pursue it in the area of our faith—to love God with all of our minds.

Personally, I was amazed at the way he presented the information on the soul. I felt even more confident in my faith because I was better able to understand this truth. Learning from people like Dr. Moreland in the area of philosophy and apologetics should be something that Christians seek out, not just so we have a better personal understanding, but also so that this understanding leads to boldness in sharing the Gospel.

This is especially important in our society, which looks down on Christianity as not being intellectual or simply as “blind faith.” We have to be prepared to defend our faith, like 1 Peter 3:15 says, and Dr. Moreland gave us material that we can use for furthering the Kingdom.

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Nathaniel is a student worker for the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. He is working toward his Bachelor of Arts in Christian studies with an emphasis in biblical studies. His areas of interest include philosophy and apologetics and he is planning to pursue a master’s degree and Ph.D. in philosophy after attending GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.