Willard Legacy Update #6

Continuing the Work of Dallas Willard: March 2019 Update

Continuing the Work of Dallas Willard

March 2019 Update


Dear Fellow Pilgrims,

A warm welcome to all of you who are receiving this Update for the first time. We want to keep you informed of announcements, activities and resources that you may find beneficial, and provide links with details if you’d like to know more. We have exciting news for you in this edition:

Announcing the Moral Knowledge Initiative:
As we continue to celebrate the 2018 publication of The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge, we are mindful of what a powerful impact it can have in today’s culture and how important its message was to Dallas. Its publication is only the beginning of the work Dallas anticipated would be necessary to bring knowledge of the moral life and its conduct back into the realm of public, teachable knowledge within the social institutions long thought to be responsible for modeling and teaching it. We are committed to pursuing the “Steps Forward” to restore moral knowledge that Dallas identified in the final chapter of the book.

Who is “we,” you may ask? “We” are a rather large group of Dallas’s family members, ministry partners, colleagues and friends. Under the leadership of the three co-editors of The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge, the Willard family, and Dallas Willard Ministries, we have begun to take action on the vision embodied in Dallas’s work through what we are calling The Moral Knowledge Initiative.
(Pictured:  Jane Willard with DMK co-editors: Aaron Preston, Gregg Ten Elshof and Steve Porter.)

We are now actively planning for an invitation-only symposium with leading scholars in multiple disciplines in order to better steward the vision of The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge. This will be the beginning of preparations for a national public conference and for the development of resources that will help people to extend Dallas’s teaching  far beyond his own philosophical circles of influence. Please visit the Moral Knowledge Initiative page on our website to learn more about what we’ll be doing and how you can help.


New Translations:
Something else we’re very happy to share with you is that there are quite a few new translations being published. Most recently, we received copies of the Brazilian edition of The Allure of Gentleness and the French version of The Divine Conspiracy (at left). Traditional Chinese versions of The Divine Conspiracy, The Divine Conspiracy Continued, Living in Christ’s Presence, and The Allure of Gentleness are all being released this month. We praise God for the way he is using Dallas’s writing to share the good news of life in the Kingdom around the world.


New Free Resources Available On Our Website

 New Audio:

  • Truth – This was the first session of the “Feeding the Homeless Mind” series for students at UCLA in February 1992. The Lecture and Q&A are posted as separate audio files, and I’ll warn you that the Q&A ends suddenly because it was all recorded on one 90-minute cassette tape. This is a wonderful recording to share with young people who are buying-into the cultural views that there are no moral absolutes.
  • The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge in the 20th Century – A series of 3 talks given at Wheaton College’s Staley Lecture Series, October 31 – November 2, 2001. The Moral Knowledge theme has a specific focus on “the emergence of Christianity without discipleship.” Again, the audience is primarily college students.
  • Bringing Truth to Life – A series of 4 talks from the 2008 NavWorld conference for leaders from around the world. The handout for the talks is included with the links to the audio.

You will find all of these in the Added Recently section of our Audio/Video Resources page.

New Articles:

  • Where is Moral Knowledge? – Written in February of 2007, but we’re unsure of the audience.
  • Afterword for James Bryan Smith’s Room of Marvels.
  • Foreword for Harry Poe’s Athens and Jerusalem.
  • Intentionality Contra Physicalism: On the Mind’s Independence from the Body - The next issue of Philosophia Christi will include this brand new article written by Dallas Willard and Brandon Rickabaugh. The paper began as a hand-written paper titled, “On the Mind’s Independence from the Body” that Brandon discovered while doing research at the Dallas Willard Research Center. Dallas presented this paper many years ago, so our family was pleased to give Brandon permission to update it to reflect more current research while keeping Dallas’s original ideas and arguments. Philosophia Christi is allowing us to post the paper as it was submitted to them, which is only slightly different from its final published form. Watch for that to appear on our site soon. (Philosophia Christi is the journal of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.)


Upcoming Courses and Retreats:

  • Monday, March 4th – Jan Johnson is offering a free workshop this Monday called “Breathing Space: From Distraction to a Conversational Life with God.” The workshop begins at 7pm Eastern Time, and will give you a preview of what her online course will be like:
  • The online course Meeting God in Scripture begins March 4, just in time for Lent. It includes exercises Jan Johnson used in Dallas's Fuller seminary class as well as comments Dallase made on all the 8 passages of Scripture used in the course   
  • May 3-5 – Renovare is hosting a Walking with the Good Shepherd retreat based on themes from Psalm 23 and Life Without Lack.


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My father took great joy in being able to offer so many free resources on his website, and we are pleased to continue that tradition. If you would like to help us continue to make more resources like these available, we invite you to make a tax deductible donation to Dallas Willard Ministries.


In the fellowship of the Divine Conspiracy,

Rebecca Willard Heatley
on behalf of the Dallas Willard family and Dallas Willard Ministries

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