Dr. J.P. Moreland: Finding Faith Through Evidence

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Who is Dr. J.P. Moreland? How did he help Lee Strobel come to terms with his own faith and newfound Christianity?

Dr. J.P. Moreland helped The Case for Christ author Lee Strobel see that through uncovering evidence, he too had become a believer. J.P. Moreland also helped Strobel use the experiential test.

Keep reading to find out more about Dr. J.P. Moreland and the experiential test.

Finding Evidence With Dr. J.P. Moreland

Through his discussions with Drs. Craig and Habermas, Strobel has grounded both the empty tomb and Jesus’s subsequent appearance in solid evidence—which is to say, he’s grounded the Resurrection in evidence.

But let’s say for the sake of argument that the accounts in the gospels and in Acts and Corinthians aren’t true. Is there circumstantial evidence—that is, evidence ancillary to the various narratives of the Resurrection themselves—that supports the truth of the Resurrection?

To answer this question, Strobel visits J.P. Moreland, a professor at the Talbot School of Theology. A chemist and philosopher by training, Moreland has published widely in scholarly journals on topics in theology and philosophy, and he’s written a number of books, including Christianity and the Nature of Science, The Life and Death Debate, and Love Your God with All Your Mind.

The Experiential Test

The five categories of evidence described above are highly persuasive, but they need to be supplemented with one final proof: a personal experience of God.

For Dr. J.P. Moreland, this happened when he was a chemistry student in 1968. Skeptical of the story of Jesus, he examined the evidence and eventually became convinced of the truth of the Resurrection. But in order to know for certain that Jesus rose from the dead, he had to receive Christ as his savior and teacher and open himself to a relationship with him.

Since becoming a believer, Moreland has had experiences that simply can’t be explained naturally. The circumstantial evidence is more than convincing, but his personal experience of a divine Christ closes the case.

Dr. J.P. Moreland: Finding Faith Through Evidence

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Carrie Cabral

Carrie has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember, and has always been open to reading anything put in front of her. She wrote her first short story at the age of six, about a lost dog who meets animal friends on his journey home. Surprisingly, it was never picked up by any major publishers, but did spark her passion for books. Carrie worked in book publishing for several years before getting an MFA in Creative Writing. She especially loves literary fiction, historical fiction, and social, cultural, and historical nonfiction that gets into the weeds of daily life.

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