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Knowing 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 life.
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, ChristianBook.com, Facebook and BoondocksNet.com

 
IInterviews-With-Dr.-Willard-About-This-Topic:
 

Dallas 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
Why You Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge, Harvard's Grant Study on Success. (May 24, 2009)
What 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."

 
 
 
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