J.P. Moreland asks over at The Scriptorium – Is Christianity a knowledge tradition or merely a faith tradition?

He notes that we often see the marginalization of Christianity take place when it is dismissed solely as a faith tradition.

If Christians do little to deflect the view that theological and ethical assertions are merely parts of a tradition, simply ways of seeing that fall short of knowledge, merely a source for adding a “theological perspective” to an otherwise unperturbed secular topic, then they inadvertently contribute to the marginalization of Christianity. They do so precisely because they fail to rebut the contemporary tendency to rob it of the very thing that gives it the authority necessary to prevent that marginalization, its legitimate claim to give us moral and religious knowledge. Both in and out of the church, Jesus has been lost as an intellectual authority and the Christians should carry out their discipleship in light of this fact. We have a duty to present Jesus Christ and the Word of God as a source not only of salvation and meaning, but also of authoritative knowledge about all areas of which Jesus and His Word speak.

Question – if those in the body of Christ took this duty that Moreland says we have seriously how would that affect our discipleship?  Our evangelism?

Source: Christianity as a Knowledge Tradition

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  1. “Both in and out of the church, Jesus has been lost as an intellectual authority and the Christians should carry out their discipleship in light of this fact.”

    I am in full agreement with this point. If we dumb down Jesus to rote sayings and just some figure-head (in which is all the knowledge and requires no assembly) – then we are not using our brains – we are re-ittirating what we have been told as truth (not what we have experientially learned is truth). I actually find Jesus to be unbelievably smart in a lot of the areas he addressed (ex: money, violence, lying, responsibility, forgiveness, relationships, accountability). But the key is getting deep into those teachings and pulling out the gems.

  2. “Both in and out of the church, Jesus has been lost as an intellectual authority and the Christians should carry out their discipleship in light of this fact.”

    I am in full agreement with this point. If we dumb down Jesus to rote sayings and just some figure-head (in which is all the knowledge and requires no assembly) – then we are not using our brains – we are re-ittirating what we have been told as truth (not what we have experientially learned is truth). I actually find Jesus to be unbelievably smart in a lot of the areas he addressed (ex: money, violence, lying, responsibility, forgiveness, relationships, accountability). But the key is getting deep into those teachings and pulling out the gems.

  3. “Both in and out of the church, Jesus has been lost as an intellectual authority and the Christians should carry out their discipleship in light of this fact.”

    I am in full agreement with this point. If we dumb down Jesus to rote sayings and just some figure-head (in which is all the knowledge and requires no assembly) – then we are not using our brains – we are re-ittirating what we have been told as truth (not what we have experientially learned is truth). I actually find Jesus to be unbelievably smart in a lot of the areas he addressed (ex: money, violence, lying, responsibility, forgiveness, relationships, accountability). But the key is getting deep into those teachings and pulling out the gems.

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