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Willard refutes "fire escape" mentality by exploring the true nature of the teachings of Jesus, who intended that His followers become His disciples, and taught that we have access now to the life we are only too eager to relegate to the hereafter. The author calls us into a more authentic faith and offers a practical plan by which we can become Christ-like. He encourages faith by embracing the true meaning of Christian discipleship.
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Publication Date: 1998
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A renowned teacher and writer of the acclaimed The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard, one of today's most brilliant Christian thinkers now offers a timely and challenging call back to the true meaning of Christian discipleship. In The Divine Conspiracy, Willard gracefully weaves biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice into a tour de force that shows the necessity of profound changes in how we view our lives and faith. In an era when many Christians consider Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence. Masterfully capturing the central insights of Christ's teachings in a fresh way for today's seekers, he helps us to explore a revolutionary way to experience God--by knowing Him as an essential part of the here and now, rather than only as a part of the hereafter.
"The most telling thing about the contemporary Christian," Willard writes, "is that he or she has no compelling sense that understanding of and conformity with the clear teachings of Christ is of any vital importance to [their] life, and certainly not that it is in any way essential . . . Such obedience is regarded as just out of the question or impossible." Christians, he says, for the most part consider the primary function of Christianity to be admittance to heaven. But, as Willard clearly shows, a faith that guarantees a satisfactory afterlife, yet has absolutely no impact on life in the here and now, is nothing more than "consumer Christianity" and "bumper-sticker faith."
Willard refutes this "fire escape" mentality by exploring the true nature of the teachings of Jesus, who intended that His followers become His disciples, and taught that we have access now to the life we are only too eager to relegate to the hereafter. The author calls us into a more authentic faith and offers a practical plan by which we can become Christ-like. He challenges us to step aside from the politics and pieties of contemporary Christian practice and inspires us to reject the all too common lukewarm faith of our times by embracing the true meaning of Christian discipleship.
Dallas Willard was a professor at the University of Southern California's School of Philosophy until his death in 2013. His groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy, The Great Omission, Knowing Christ Today, Hearing God, The Spirit of the Disciplines, Renovation of the Heart, and The Divine Conspiracy Continued forever changed the way thousands of Christians experience their faith.
“Willard is a master at capturing the central insight of Jesus’ teachings. . . . Rarely have I found an author with so penetrating an intellect combined with so generous a spirit.”
“This book belongs in the tradition of the great devotional classics . . . The comprehensiveness of his study, its accessibility, its fervor, its freshness of phrasing, and its command of Scripture should prompt Christians to give this book serious attention.”
“With The Divine Conspiracy, Willard joins the line of a Kempis, Luther, Fenelon, Brother Lawrence, Zinzendorf, Wesley, and other master apprentices of Jesus . . . What distinguishes The Divine Conspiracy is an extraordinary combination of simplicity and depth . . . If you read only one book, make it this one.”
“All of Dallas Willard’s books merit careful attention, but this goes to the heart of the matter. To be a disciple is to be a disciple of Jesus, living in his presence to learn from and become like him. Just as the disciples did in the Gospels.”
Chris1 Stars Out Of 5Waste of TimeAugust 12, 2016ChrisQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I read this book as part of a small group at church. I'm trying to think of something redeeming to say about the book, but nothing comes to mind. The theology is arrogant and shallow. There is very little insight that does not come from even a casual reading of Matthew 5-7 (Sermon on the Mount). Sometimes Willard even says things that are absurd: pg 229 (on Mt 7:6) 'forcing religion on the young even though it makes no sense to them is the reason why they 'graduate' church, like school, and never come back.' I'm astonished at the complete departure from biblical parenting that is.
In addition, the writing style itself is the worst I've seen. Willard seems to delight in waxing high prose that doesn't actually say anything. Page after page can go by without being able to land on a concrete thought. He will also condemn a practice or interpretation without offering any solution.
I have enjoyed the discussions in our group about the biblical text the book is based on, but this book itself is dreadful.
Candyce1 Stars Out Of 5Great premise...horrid doctrine and misquoting scriptureMarch 2, 2015CandyceQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Dallas Willard makes some valid criticisms of Christians/Christianity but his theology is seriously messed up. My biggest problem with his book is that he says that he is using the KJV in his quotes of the Bible unless otherwise noted, but it isn't the case. He rewords verses that he places in quotes to support his theories. Here is an example of his 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 "From now on we disregard all common distinctions between people, and even though we have know Christ in human terms, we no longer do so. So if anyone is 'In Christ' they are a new type of creation, where the old categories drop away and the individual emerges in a new order."
Here is what the actual verse says NKJV: "Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
He actually does this with all of his verses and has created his own "translation". Big Red Flag if you have to reword the Bible to fit your purpose.
Brian ElmerToledo, OHAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5DeeperJanuary 11, 2013Brian ElmerToledo, OHAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow... this book has impacted my spiritual walk, my grasp of the Word of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. There are a couple of folks reviewing here who struggled with it, I guess that they can have their opinion. What you will find is a deep read... it may raise questions to the 'traditional interpretation' of Biblical truth many churches have given over the years. Why? Because it goes deeper. How? looking at historical, cultural settings. It takes the message of the Sermon on the Mount and gives clearly the meaning. The book has focused me on the good news of the gospel. Too often we 'go after' the unsaved from a 'turn or burn' perspective. Williard emphasizes Jesus' message of the GOOD NEWS of the Kingdom of heaven - NOT the western perspective of condemnation of man. John 3:17 says it well 'he did not come to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved'. This is not a denial of sin - for God hates sin. It comes from how Jesus taught - the reconciliation of man to God!
jeroboam vIndianaAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5This book has great features.October 11, 2010jeroboam vIndianaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Dallas Willard takes the Sermon on the Mount and shows you how to get to the heart of God. He shows the reader how God is always at work even when we don't realize it or take part in His plans. The book lets you know that you can be a part of the divine conspiracy or be a part from it.
Rochelle1 Stars Out Of 5July 14, 2010RochelleReading this book was torture. I had to read it as a class assignment and wanted to pull out my teeth because of the absurd doctrine! There are so many examples given and beliefs taught throughout the book that are contradictory to the Truth of the Bible. The only redeeming factor of this book is that I have a better foundation of my beliefs because I read so many falsehoods.