J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, California where he has taught for 25 years.  He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to ninety-five books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals (McGill-Queen’s), Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge) and Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology (Blackwell).  He has also published over 85 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy.  He has also published 120 articles in magazines and newspapers.

During the final months of Dallas's life, he asked JP to come and talk with him. During the visit, Dallas shared his concerns for the future health of Christianity in general, and the spiritual formation movement in particular. He entrusted JP with sharing these concerns and encouraging us to act on them. JP has written these concerns for us in Reflections on Four Final Concerns of Dallas Willard.

Experience With Dallas

JP took Dallas's "History of Western Philosophy" class during his first year as a student at USC.  He was struck by Dallas's kindness and gentle presence.  JP says that by the time he was done at USC, he had dropped his deeply dissatisfying, atheistic view of the world. He had come to a point where, after desperately seeking God, he could say, “I have finally found Him-- in Dallas Willard.”

Dallas was JP’s dissertation supervisor at USC and his mentor and dear friend for 30 years. Dallas and J. P. spoke at conferences together and contributed to various writing projects together.

Watch JP's talk at Dallas's memorial celebration to hear more of JP's memories of Dallas and learn about the four key concerns Dallas shared with JP during their final visit together.


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