Divine Conspiracy (Dallas Willard)

Hardcover: 448 pages; Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (March 24, 1998)
ISBN-10: 0060693339; ISBN-13: 978-0060693336

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.”

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  1. Amazon: A major new book that ‘rediscovers our hidden life in God’ from one of the most exciting authors emerging from North America. ‘A masterpiece and a wonder – the book I have been searching for all my life’ from the foreword by Richard Foster.

    At the end of the twentieth Century a new expression of Christian Spirituality is forming which is focused on biblical truth but is less concerned with denominational labels. Drawing its support from both Catholics and Protestants, writers such as Richard Foster and Henri Nouwen have been the most popular. Now comes a major new addition: Dallas Willard.

    The Divine Conspiracy is a moving and penetrating exploration of human existance and human nature. It considers in a fresh way the abiding truths of judgement and grace and what he memorably calls ‘theologies of sin management’. All this is set against a backdrop of modern materialism.

    ‘His stories charm. His examples teach,’ says Richard Foster, here is ‘a soul satisfying banquet,’ which he places alongside the writings of John Wesley, Martin Luther, Teresa of Avila ‘and perhaps even Thomas Aquinas and Augustine of Hippo.’ This is a book for the next millennium.

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