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In Kingdom Triangle Moreland speaks against ethical and moral scientism and subsequent relativism. He points to the global South and its precipitous growth in Christian conversions enabled and validated by supernatural testimony. In contrast the West seems to be waning in Christian growth, influence, and belief in the supernatural. In this postmodern world, especially in the West, empiricism has infiltrated the church and is denaturing it of its supernatural roots. Scientism has dismissed Christian thought as simplistic, relative subjectivism. Moreland says, Religion is not thought to be a domain of fact and knowledge, so there are no experts (p. 92). His solution is found in three foci: (1) Recover The Christian Mind, (2) Renovate The Soul, and (3) Restore The Spirits Power. We must pursue a development of the life and mind . . . the cultivation of an inner life . . . learning to live in and use the Spirits power and the authority of the Kingdom of God. . . (p. 196). Kingdom Triangle is, in my view, a critical and important work at this pivotal juncture of history. If a survey of our time can teach us anything, then it teaches us that we are in a grave time, perhaps even the culmination of the age. We have a choice to be co-laborers or to withdraw and stand down in dispassionate malaise or fear. Moreland says we were created for greatness and we desire drama (pp. 19, 21, 192). I agree. He argues for Gods present supernatural involvement in the creation. It is at the center of the meaning of cosmic history and [our] individual story. . . . Join me in the revolution. This is your opportunity. Seize it and rejoice in it (pp. 192-199). I encourage you to read Kingdom Triangle and to respond with boldness to its message and call to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, renovation of your soul, and to open to the outworking of Gods power through the Spirit. We were created for high drama, communion, and service to God and his creation.
Morelands Kingdom Triangle offers a unique and provocative diagnosis of the spiritual, moral, and intellectual impoverishment of our time and the courage to envision a more preferable future. According to Morelands own admission, the Kingdom Triangle is the single best and most important book I have ever written, including the best seller Love Your God with All Your Mind. It is a manifesto clarion call to transformative action; a penetrating critique of the powers and persuasions of Western culture that have contributed to our spiritual and existential malaise. The Kingdom Triangle is for the thoughtful Christian who cares deeply about forming a receptive heart that expects the power of God and the presence of His Kingdom to in-break into individual lives and culture in a transformational way.