J. P. Moreland

James Porter Moreland (born March 9, 1948), better known as J. P. Moreland, is an American philosopher, theologian, and Christian apologist. He currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

J. P. Moreland
James Porter Moreland

(1948-03-09) March 9, 1948
ResidenceLa Mirada, California
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Spouse(s)Hope Moreland[1]
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Substance dualism
Metaphysical libertarianism
InstitutionsBiola University
Main interests
Ontology, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, theology


Moreland specializes in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, chemistry, and Christian Philosophy[2] having had his work published in journals such as Metaphilosophy and the American Philosophical Quarterly. He has also had his work published by presses such as Intervarsity Press, NavPress, Zondervan, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Rutgers University Press, and Prometheus.[3]

Moreland earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with honors from the University of Missouri and a Master of Arts in Philosophy with highest honors from the University of California, Riverside. He received his Th.M. in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.[4] In 1985, he received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California. His dissertation was "Universals and the Qualities of Things: A defense of Realism." His dissertation advisor was Dallas Willard.[5] Moreland is married to Hope and together they have two children and four grandchildren.


Moreland teaches at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, California.[6] He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center on Culture and Civil Society at the Independent Institute.[7] He served for eight years as a bioethicist for Personal Care Nursing Homes, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland.[8]

He has debated Clancy Martin over the existence of God.[9] He has also debated atheist Eddie Tabash on whether the supernatural exists. He has been a frequent guest on the PBS television series Closer to Truth.


Moreland is a substance dualist,[10] and also defends libertarian free will,[11] as well as life after death.[12][13] Moreland has defended the existence of angels and demons, arguing that he knows they exist due to both Christian doctrine and personal experience.[14] He is an old earth creationist[15] who is a critic of fideism.[16]

In 2017, Moreland signed the Nashville Statement.[17]

Awards and honors

  • Awarded fellowship for Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry, University of Colorado (1970).
  • Rollin Thomas Chafer Award in Christian Apologetics, Dallas Seminary (1978–79).
  • Academic Excellence Award, International School of Theology (1982–83).
  • Winner of the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Lakin School of Religion, Liberty University, (1988–89).
  • Elected as a Member of the Executive Committee for the Society of Christian Philosophers, (1997–99).
  • Fellow of the Center for the Renewal of Science & Culture, Discovery Institute. (2000–present)[18]
  • Winner of the Robert Fischer Faculty Member of the Year Award, Biola University,(1998–99).[19]
  • Member of the Advisory Board for Philosophia Christi, (1999 to 2003).
  • Member of the Executive Committee for the Evangelical Philosophical Society (1999-2003, 2006 to present).
  • Fellow of the Wilberforce Forum, 2001 to present.


Moreland has authored or edited numerous publications, including:


  • Moreland, J. P. (1987). Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. ISBN 9780801062223. OCLC 16807427.
  • (1989). Christianity and the Nature of Science: A Philosophical Examination. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. ISBN 9780801062490. OCLC 19556070.
  • ; Geisler, Norman (1990). The Life and Death Debate: Moral Issues of Our Time. Contributions in Philosophy. 43. New York: Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313275562. OCLC 21592792.
  • ; Nielsen, Kai (1990). Does God Exist?: The Debate Between Atheists and Theists. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
  • (1997). Love Your God With All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. ISBN 9781576830161. OCLC 36327354.
  • ; Rae, Scott B. (2000). Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis of Ethics. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830815777. OCLC 43245896.
  • ; Craig, William Lane (2003). Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830826940. OCLC 51093246.
  • ; DeWeese, Garret J. (2005). Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life's Biggest Questions. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830827664. OCLC 60188295.
  • (2007). Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 9780310590002. OCLC 993636161.
  • (2009). Consciousness and the Existence of God. Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780203929339. OCLC 229867243.
  • (2009). The Recalcitrant Imago Dei: human persons and the failure of naturalism. London: SCM Press. ISBN 9780334042150. OCLC 695838789.
  • (2009). The God Question: An Invitation to a Life of Meaning. ConversantLife.com Series. Eugene, OR: Harvest House. ISBN 9780736924887.

Edited by

  • , ed. (1994). The Creation Hypothesis: Scientific Evidence for An Intelligent Designer. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830816989. OCLC 29478326.
  • ; Craig, William Lane, eds. (2000). Naturalism: A Critical Analysis. Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Philosophy. London & New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780203186138. OCLC 252705993.
  • ; Sweis, Khaldoun A.; Meister, Chad V., eds. (2013). Debating Christian Theism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199981434. OCLC 854973516.


  • (1994). "Theistic science & methodological naturalism". In (ed.). The Creation Hypothesis: Scientific Evidence for An Intelligent Designer. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. pp. 41–66. ISBN 9780830816989. OCLC 29478326.

See also


  1. "J. P. Moreland Bio".
  2. "Profile". Afterall.net.
  3. Moreland, J.P. "J.P.Moreland Bio". About J.P.Moreland. JP Moreland's Web. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  4. Moreland, J. P. "J. P. Moreland, Th.M., M.A., Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Biola University. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 29, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  5. J. P. Moreland's Talbot School of Theology Faculty Page
  6. "Participants". Closer to Truth. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  7. "Person Detail". The Independent Institute. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  8. "J.P. Moreland, Fellow - CSC". Discovery Institute. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  9. Video on YouTube
  10. The Case for the Existence of the Soul on YouTube
  11. Video on YouTube
  12. Habermas, Gary; Moreland, J. P. (January 29, 2004). Beyond Death: Exploring the Evidence for Immortality. Wipf & Stock Publishers. ISBN 978-1592445097.
  13. Video on YouTube
  14. Video on YouTube
  15. Gundry, Stanley N.; Moreland, J. P.; Reynolds, John Mark, eds. (March 1, 1999). Three Views on Creation and Evolution (Counterpoints). Zondervan. ISBN 978-0310220176.
  16. Video on YouTube
  17. "Initial Signatories". Nashville Statement. Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  18. "J.P. Moreland". Discovery Institute. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  19. "J.P. Moreland". Talbot Faculty Page. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
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