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'Kingdom Triangle': Chapter One

Brett Nichols

Posted on March 7, 2020 22:20

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A summary of J.P. Moreland's first chapter of his book 'Kingdom Triangle' and its reflection of the overall theme of his book.

In chapter 1 of Kingdom Triangle, Moreland argues that humans in the West are becoming increasingly discontent in life and that only living for God and in his ways can truly fulfill the void. He begins the chapter with a story of a miracle being answered in a desperate life or death situation. Moreland says that the story "is filled with drama," and that humans have an innate "hunger for drama." Drama is a reflection of purpose that originates from being "made in the image of God" and it is a need that only God can satisfy.

However, Moreland addresses that human fulfillment is usually never truly realized in Western culture due to the growth of secularism that replaces the desire of God-given drama with manufactured entertainment like football, film, and "romance novels" (Ibid). He argues that these things alone extract any true sense of a genuine godly purpose in life and exchange it for a fleeting bliss from a "desensitized, oversexed, culture" (Ibid.), where happiness becomes the ultimate human purpose which paradoxically leads to a greater want for fulfillment.

Moreland maintains that the issue lies in the battle between the worldviews of "ethical monotheism (especially Christianity), postmodernism, and scientific naturalism." Where the first view satisfies the hunger for drama through objective truth, community, and a relationship with God, the latter two diminish consistent values and beliefs, leaving primacy to the study of the physical world or believing that all acquired knowledge is relative. Moreland emphasizes that "absent of objective and ultimate meaning, purpose, and value, there can be no real drama in a thin world" (Ibid.).

Lastly, Moreland states that secular worldviews have begun to change Christianity into a hobby instead of a life decision for many. Because of this, he challenges the church to maintain the "Christian story" and challenge one’s own "worldview" (e.g.), a functioning "set of habits," in order for believers to "shine" brightly in a post-Christian culture (Ibid.).

This chapter effectively sets the stage for Moreland's book that seeks to help Christians find alignment into an effective Kingdom Triangle in the recovery of the Christian mind, the renovation of the soul, and restoring of the spirit's power in the lives of believers. These three things, if employed, will free Christian believers into living the best quality of life that they can in a world that is growing all the more discontent. 

Brett Nichols

Posted on March 7, 2020 22:20

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