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 grac... Read More
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.
Excerpts from the book's introduction by Dallas Willard:
“My hope is to gain a fresh hearing for Jesus, especially among those who believe they already understand him. In his case, quite frankly, presumed familiarity has led to unfamiliarity, unfamiliarity has led to contempt, and contempt has led to profound ignorance.
Very few people today find Jesus interesting as a person or of vital relevance to the course of their actual lives. He is not generally regarded as a real-life personality who deals with the real-life issues but is thought to be concerned with some feathery realm other than the one we must deal with, and must deal with now. And frankly, he is not taken to be a person of much ability.”
Reviews for The Divine Conspiracy
“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. And It’s a book that will help seekers better understand why Jesus continues to elicit the loyalty and commitment of people the world over.”
-- Christian Century
“In Search of Guidance and Spirit of the Disciplines…these books along with the work of Richard Foster and other kindred souls, have already sparked a modest renewal movement…But as good as they are they do not prepare the reader for the power of Willard’s new book. With The Divine Conspiracy, Willard joins the line of Thomas Kempis, Luther, Fenelon, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Zinzendorf, Wesley, Frank Laubauch, Dorothy Day, and other master apprentices of Jesus … What distinguishes The Divine Conspiracy from many works in this genre is an extraordinary combination of simplicity and depth.”
-- Christianity Today
Page Count: 384
Chapter Titles :
Chapter 1: Entering the Eternal Kind of Life Now
Chapter 2: Gospels of Sin Management
Chapter 3: What Jesus Knew: Our God-Bathed World
Chapter 4: Who is Really Well Off? — The Beatitudes
Chapter 5: The Rightness of the Kingdom Heart: Beyond the Goodness of Scribes and Pharisees
Chapter 6: Investing in the Heavens: Escaping the Deceptions of Reputation and Wealth
Chapter 7: The Community of Prayerful Love
Chapter 8: On Being a Disciple, or Student, of Jesus
Chapter 9: A Curriculum for Christlikeness
Chapter 10: The Restoration of All Things
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Mar 11, 1998
- UPC: 9780060693336
- Height: 1.5
- Width: 5.9
- Length: 8.3
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 448
- Publish Date: Mar 24, 1998
- Language: English
- BISAC: "REL012000 , REL062000 , REL070000"
- ISBN: 0060693339
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