Christ Today was selected as "The
Best of the Best" in the Leader's Inner Life
category of Leadership magazine's Golden
Canon awards: the ten books of 2009 most valuable
for church leaders.
It also received an “award of merit” in the Theology/Ethics
category in the 2010 Christianity
Today Book Awards.
In prose that is both decisive and austere, Willard
(The Spirit of the Disciplines) throws down the gauntlet
to those in both the secular and religious realms who
claim it is impossible to know Christian truths. A professor
at the University of Southern California's School of
Philosophy, Willard attempts to demonstrate how knowledge
and faith can support each other. Arguing that the “standard
of knowledge is truth and proper evidence,” the writer
leads readers through his proofs for the existence of
God, the resurrection of Jesus, God's ongoing intervention
in the world and the then logical possibility of a vital
spiritual practice centered on “interactive life with
Christ.” Christian discipleship, as the author sees
it, includes such crucial elements as humility, intent
to be inwardly transformed, the practice of the presence
of Christ and obedience. As Willard admits in his introduction,
the book is a mental workout—even the questions at the
end of the chapters are challenging. Woven through with
the ideas of classical and contemporary philosophers,
theologians and sociologists, this volume will engage
readers who are willing to follow Willard on his self-assured
way, and trust him as a guide.
Publisher's Weekly, July 2009
Willard's presentation is compelling and profound.
He claims we can know for sure that God exists and that
miracles happen. He proves it with logic and history,
distinguishing real, trustworthy knowledge from mere
faith and commitment. Each chapter addresses basic questions
like, "What is real?" "Who is good? and "How does one
become good?" Willard offers his work for "serious and
thoughtful readers," Christians or not. Knowing Christ
Today reads like lecture notes in a college class
on philosophy of religion, but is well worth the effort.
Each chapter ends with helpful discussion questions.
CBA Retailers+Resources magazine, July 2009
How refreshing to discover in Knowing Christ Today
a contemporary book that demands careful thinking
on the part of the reader. As a distinguished professor
of philosophy for many years Dr. Dallas Willard possesses
a keen understanding of the value and reality of knowledge.
In "The Knowledge of Faith" he focuses this understanding
like a laser beam to the issue of moral knowledge as
a legitimate source for understanding reality and applying
it to daily life. "The Knowledge of Faith" may not be
an easy read, but it is a must read. It is for your
RICHARD J. FOSTER, author of Celebration of Discipline
This is clear, lucid thinking about what matters most,
as is desperately needed today. Only Dallas Willard
could have written this, but I don’t know anyone who
doesn’t need to read it.
JOHN ORTBERG, pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.
author of The Life You've Always Wanted
A spiritual defense of the proposition that faith and
reason are not contradictory.
PETER L. BERGER, Director of the Institute on Culture,
Religion and World Affairs, Boston University
Christianity Today Review: More
Than Deep Feelings
Customer Reviews on Amazon.com,
Willard Knows Christ
The philosopher and author
wants you to know why you can, too
Interview by Steve Rabey for The Purpose Driven Connection
The Things That Matter Most, 2 audio programs
hosted by Rick Davis and Lael Arrington
You Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge, Harvard's Grant Study
on Success. (May 24, 2009)
Spiritual Knowledge Can Do For You. (May 31, 2009)
In one of ChristianAudio's Author Sketches, they talked with Dallas about the book, the current crisis of Western culture and religion, and the urgent calling of Christian pastors as "the teachers of nations."