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  1. J. P. Moreland in his new book he has a section on Contemplative Prayer. Some quotes from a book Moreland and Klaus Issler wrote called, The Lost Virtue of Happiness, where he talks about rediscovering important spiritual principles that have been lost.

    Two of the spiritual disciplines . . . are “Solitude and Silence” (p. 51) and these two disciplines are “absolutely fundamental to the Christian life” (p. 51)

    In our experience, Catholic retreat centers [bastions of mysticism] are usually ideal for solitude retreats . . . We also recommend that you bring photos of your loved ones and a picture of Jesus . . . Or gaze at a statue of Jesus. Or let some pleasant thought, feeling, or memory run through your mind over and over again (pp. 54-55)

    [W]e recommend that you begin by saying the Jesus Prayer about three hundred times a day (p. 90).
    When you first awaken, say the Jesus Prayer twenty to thirty times. As you do, something will begin to happen to you. God will begin to slowly begin to occupy the center of your attention (p. 92).

    But the Silence and solitude of the contemplative practice is not exterior by rather a move toward interior silence and solitude using various disciplines.

    If anyone is interested in what this stuff is and why it is dangerous please contact me at brandon@theologythinktank.com We have a book for free with examines these practices.

  2. His view of the bible is rather odd as well, and while it may be true evangelicals misuse some verses to claim they are over-committed to the Bible is wrong.

    “In the actual practices of the Evangelical community in North America, there is an over-commitment to Scripture in a way that is false, irrational and harmful to the cause of Christ.” He claims that this “has produced a mean-spiritedness among the over-committed that is grotesque and often ignorant.” According to Moreland, “the problem…is the idea that the Bible is the sole source of knowledge of God, morality, and a host of related and important items. Accordingly, the book is taken to be the sole authority for faith and practice.”

    Moreland tells readers that a “treasure of deep, rich knowledge of the soul” is in the writings of the Desert Fathers, Henri Nouwen, and Richard Foster, (p. 153)

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