Dallas Willard dead at 77

Dallas Willard, whom many credit for promoting contemplative prayer, has passed away. Dallas Albert Willard was born on 4 September 1935 and educated at Baylor University, the William Jewell College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sadly, his legacy also includes not only propagating Contemplative spirituality into the Church along with his mentor, Richard Foster, but also opining that one does not need to be a Christian or know of Jesus to be saved. Below is audio of a segment from Fighting for the Faith in which Christian apologist Christ Rosebrough reviews and challenges Dallas Willard and his version of the gospel.


Dallas Willard giving a Ministry in Contempora...

Dallas Willard giving a Ministry in Contemporary Culture Seminar

Christian Today reports:

Philosopher and author on spiritual formation Dallas Willard has died at the age of 77.  His death comes just days after it was revealed he was battling stage 4 cancer.

Many Christians credit his works, notably “Divine Conspiracy”, with helping them reinvigorate and rethink how they live out their faith.

Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter since news of his death emerged:

Rick Warren (‏@RickWarren)
A great saint, Dallas Willard,had gone on to heaven. Angels are rejoicing.

Mark Russell (‏@markrusselluk)
Gutted by Dallas Willard’s death. He was a wonderful author and his books always challenged and inspired me

Fuller Seminary (@Fuller)

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dallas Willard, who passed away today at the age of 77 after battling cancer.

World Vision (@WV_Churches)
Our prayers to his family RT @CTmagazine Dallas Willard died this morning, just days after announcing he had cancer 

Other fans took to Twitter to express their appreciation for Willard:

Jon Soper ‏(@jonsoper)
Dallas Willard, an exceptional follower of Jesus, died today. Learned so much from him.

Peter Ould (@PeterOuld)
RIP and Rise in Glory Dallas Willard. Heard him speak in Oxford years ago. Excellent chap.

Martin Saunders ‏(@martinsaunders)
Oh no, Dallas Willard has died. What an incredible man. His writing has been formational for so many. Sad day

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2 Responses to Dallas Willard dead at 77

  1. Bryan Hurlbutt says:

    Wow! Pretty myopic upon the death of a fellow believer to post an article that highlights the two points of disagreement you have rather than the wealth of agreement. The plight of the fundamentalist goes on…never fully satisfied unless someone is in full agreement with them, highlighting the points of disagreement and seizing upon the passing of someone to criticize a bit more. As a conservative evangelical pastor this gets tiring and reaffirms the need to have people carry the disposition of Jesus alongside his doctrine.


  2. kangaroop says:

    You've totally gone fishing for (admittedly) poor expressions of Willard's to interpret as heretical. Chopping it up and nitpicking his expressions, and sometimes misunderstanding him, is not helpful or edifying for anyone except your ego.

    We DESERVE to be in the kingdom now and forevermore because we have new life in HIM … HIS GIFT OF REDEMPTION (that we don't deserve) makes us RIGHTEOUS so that (through Him) we are accepted as deserving. Willard knows and teaches that we need redemption for life with God (not that we deserve it before salvation!)… he teaches that you CAN'T love God and neighbor (fulfill law) WITHOUT CHRIST… but that you can with Christ (good news!). That is what he is saying. He is laying down a philosophical argument, like Paul, for the requirements of the kingdom. You obviously haven't read him/listened to him thoroughly about being able to "stand heaven"… he talks about this often and it is a biblical principle that we cannot stand God's intense, purifying presence, and the only ones who can "stand it" are those who have been purified by fire of the Holy Spirit. I can see why his statements can be confusing–but you need to listen to more/all of him to understand. Also, you say he isn't talking about grace… he talks about grace all the time if you know his work.

    Try some of these articles where Willard says exactly what you are pretending he doesn't believe:
    "Knowing the "right answers"—knowing which ones they are, being able to identify them and say them—does not mean we believe them. To believe them, like believing anything else, means that we are set to act as if they (the "right answers") were true, and that we will so act in appropriate circumstances. And acting as if the right answers are true means, in turn, that we intend to obey the example and teachings of Jesus our Master. What else could we intend if we believed he is who his people through the ages have declared him to be?" from http://www.dwillard.org/articles/artview.asp?artI

    "The One we work for and with has placed in our hands the keys to the Kingdom of the Heavens. (Matt 16:19) Setting aside centuries of ecclesiastical controversy over the meaning of this passage, we need to simply understand that our confidence in Jesus as the one who "has say over all things in heaven and in earth" (Matt. 28:18) can develop into practical access to the riches of the Kingdom. These in turn make it possible for us to do the work we have to do and to live our lives in the strength, joy and peace of Christ." http://www.dwillard.org/articles/artview.asp?artI… (ALL WE DO IS POSSIBLE THROUGH CHRIST

    Your misrepresentations are hurtful to the Body.


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