The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God

The Divine Conspiracy Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God The Divine Conspiracy has revolutionized how we think about the true meaning of discipleship In this classic one of the most brilliant Christian thinkers of our times and author of the acclaimed The

  • Title: The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God
  • Author: Dallas Willard Richard J. Foster
  • ISBN: 9780060693336
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Divine Conspiracy has revolutionized how we think about the true meaning of discipleship In this classic, one of the most brilliant Christian thinkers of our times and author of the acclaimed The Spirit of Disciplines, Dallas Willard, skillfully weaves together biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice, revealing what it means toThe Divine Conspiracy has revolutionized how we think about the true meaning of discipleship In this classic, one of the most brilliant Christian thinkers of our times and author of the acclaimed The Spirit of Disciplines, Dallas Willard, skillfully weaves together biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice, revealing what it means to apprentice ourselves to Jesus Using Jesus s Sermon of the Mount as his foundation, Willard masterfully explores life changing ways to experience and be guided by God on a daily basis, resulting in a authentic and dynamic faith.

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    • Dallas Willard Richard J. Foster

      DALLAS WILLARD was a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles He taught at USC from 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982 1985 He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin Madison, 1960 1965 , and has held visiting appointments at UCLA 1969 and the University of Colorado 1984 His undergraduate studies were at William Jewell College, Tennessee Temple College B.A 1956, Psychology and Baylor University B.A 1957, Philosophy and Religion and his Graduate education was at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin Ph D 1964 Major in Philosophy, Minor in the History of Science.

    936 thoughts on “The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God

    • If you are uncomfortable with the theology of the Fundamentalists and their emphasis on "getting into heaven is the most important thing, and the only way to get there is to believe what we believe"d if you find that there is something lacking in the Liberal's theological conclusion that it is all about social justiceen here is a book which digs into the heart of Jesus's message and challenge to us living in the world today.We can never pass enough laws to force people to be good people--we cann [...]

    • Update: Even better the second time. I read it with a Calvinist's (I am personally somewhat undetermined) eyes this time, and see why Willard makes some people uncomfortable. I say it's worth getting over it, because this book is SO good. Life changing. Revelatory. I will never look at life, eternity, Jesus, Christianity the same, ever again. I won't be throwing out the baby with this oneNot since my first experiences with C.S.Lewis have I been so impacted by a writer, Christian, theologian, phi [...]

    • In The Divine Conspiracy, philosopher Dallas Willard paints a compelling picture of the Christian Life by investigating what God is doing in the world, and how humans can experience it.Willard begins by laying out some of the problems he sees in our world, and in Christianity, today. These include the erosion of "truth" and abosolutes in our culture, and the loss of the depth of the meaning of the gospel message. He then sets out to reconstruct a clear picture of what it means to be a Christian, [...]

    • Reading this book is a labor of love. Or maybe just a labor. I really struggled with Willard's writing style, but there is no denying the wisdom, richness, and depth in these pages. Some passages were worthy of reading 3 or 5 times repeatedly to soak in them. The scope is expansive and it's a true classic. Just be patient and prepared to grind through parts.

    • It was as early as the introduction that I realized I was in for a good read when Willard stated, "Whatever the ultimate explanation of it, the most telling thing about the comtemporary Christian is that he or she simply has no compelling sense that understanding of and conformity with the clear teachings of Christ is of any vital importance to his or her life, and certainly not that it is in any way essential." There is no doubt that the influence of the church has been weakened in the western [...]

    • Willard continues to challenge me: from ministry, to the importance of Christ's bodily (not just spiritual) resurrection. A difficult read though, and his "program for discipleship" was not among my favorite features. Overall, a thought-provoking, enlightening book.First review: I just began reading Willard's book, but already it has me thinking. Within the first paragraph, he lays out his philosophy: "Presumed familiarity has led to unfamiliarity, unfamiliarity has led to contempt, and contempt [...]

    • I don't know what it was about this book - the length of the paragraphs, the density of text on the page - but I couldn't really get with the flow until the last chapter or so. Instead of reading and meditating, often normal for me in a book like this, I found myself skimming in the hope of finding a way in.I don't doubt I will read it again. I made quite a few notes on the way through. But there isn't a forest of bookmarks jutting out of the book as there normally is for something like this.

    • "My hope is to gain a fresh hearing for Jesus, especially among those who believe they already understand him." This is how Dallas Willard begins his introduction, and he certainly inspired me to take a new good look at the Jesus I claim to follow. The Divine Conspiracy is the most thorough, structured and comprehensive book I have read on Christian faith and practice. This book encases a (in my limited experience, unrivaled) wealth, breadth, and depth of theological knowledge for every follower [...]

    • Too much to say about this one, so a few key quotes I stuck on will have to do: "Draw any cultural or social line you wish, and God will find his way beyond it.""When we see Jesus as he is, we must turn away or else shamelessly adore him. ""The acid test for any theology is this: is the God presented one that can be loved, heart, soul, mind, and strength? If the thoughtful answer is; "not really," then we need to look elsewhere or deeper.""Kingdom obedience is kingdom abundance.""As a disciple o [...]

    • This was a really short book. Four chapters, according to the audiobook I listened to. Short and interesting, although the author was a really bad narrator. Sort of monotone so I could space out pretty easily.What I liked about this book was that it really tied in right living with Christian doctrine. While I wouldn't consider myself a Christian, I do love Jesus Christ's teachings. (Yes, I also love the Jesus that Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth talked about, but I do really love [...]

    • Some tidbits in here had me wincing as the author is laden with fundamentalist assumptions and presuppositions and/or cultural mores -- that he appears to be oblivious to, all the while evincing a wondrous text.But this is an epic work that should occupy the reading list of every Christian in America (and non-Christians interested in philosophy or spirituality). In a gracious, humble manner, Willard pokes and prods at the western religion of Christianity and expounds upon what the Jesus Gospel s [...]

    • In the New Testament Gospels, people marveled at how Jesus taught as someone who had authority. When I read the writings of Paul, I am impressed by his spiritual understanding and knowledge. He wrote, taught and preached as someone who had authority and knowledge that is beyond the average Christian.I see not as much, but the same understanding in the writings of C.S. Lewis, and now in the writing of Dallas Willard, a present-day philosopher and theologian who wrote The Divine Conspiracy."The Ki [...]

    • Despite its somewhat Gnostic-sounding title, this gem of a book is pretty straightforward commentary on biblical Christianity. Anyone seeking to develop their understanding of Jesus's teachings, and feed their vision of his beauty could benefit from reading The Divine Conspiracy.Most of the book is an extensive commentary on the sermon on the mount, showing how it is more than just a brilliant collection of moral teachings. It is a unified guide to walking in the Kingdom of God in this life; a s [...]

    • I have been meaning to read Dallas Willard for some time, and I'm glad I did. Modern Christianity is not well known for its thinkers, so people like Dallas Willard stand out. And like many deep thinkers, the conclusions reached appear paradoxical. Although conservative, his agenda is radical change, critiquing established conventions in both the Christian and non Christian world view, holding a tension of both modern and traditional outlooks throughout. I liked that while warning the church agai [...]

    • Perhaps the most formative book of my adult life. I remember the first time I read this how unimpressed I was. But some kind of switch was flipped and the second, third, fourth. became my handbook. No one in our day has more important things to say than Dallas Willard concerning discipleship and spiritual formation. I see him as my grandfather, at least spiritually. His book inspired me to memorize the Sermon on the Mount. I led near twenty college students through this book over a 5 year period [...]

    • Read again in August of 2014 and I am revising my stars to 5 because it only gets better every time I read it! Read again in March 2017. Here is the latest review with links to the other ones: carolhomeschool2/Read it again September 2017 because it is OFFICIALLY in my Renovaré Institute Curriculum!carolhomeschool2/

    • A soft three stars. I recommend this as a sweet dessert after you have eaten the meat and veggies of other commentaries on the Sermon on the Mount.

    • This book has influenced my understanding on the central message of the Kingdom that Jesus taught, more than any other I have read! You can't afford not to read it!

    • This book is dedicated to the concept that God helps humans experience the “great inversion” that makes life different than might otherwise be expected, the “great inversion” that turns even religious ideas upside-down. (p. 121) It’s refreshing to read Willard dispute those who like the late Bishop James Pike could say, “I don’t believe in a God that tinkers.” (p. 53) Instead, here is a scholar who sees God as available and interested in seeing us become all that we can be. Two q [...]

    • Written by Dallas Willard; 384 pages, hardcover from Harper, San Francisco, 1997“Is Jesus part of your daily life—here and now? Or, by failing to take him seriously, have you relegated him to the realm of the ‘hereafter’?”In this book, Dallas Willard handles a topic many of talk about, but few have up and running in their lives. The biggest problem we have with discipleship is that we really don’t know – have knowledge about, that is – what it looks like.But Willard is confident [...]

    • This is my new favorite book. I had tried to read this once before, but, for some reason, I just wasn't ready for it. After reading some other books by Willard and others on Spiritual Formation, I tackled this one again. This time, it was life-changing.There is too much information in this book for me to try to recap it in a reasonably-lengthed review. Let me just say that, in my opinion, if every person in the world who calls themselves "Christian" would live by the principles in this book, the [...]

    • I've seen this book referenced by so many authors and speakers over the last couple of years -- I just had to pick it up and read it for myself. It is well worth it!It took me a while to finish this book. Not so much because it is long (though at 400 pages it's not exactly short!), but because it is so deep. It is a look at "how to actually live in the reality of God's present kingdom." It is quoted so much by others because there are so many nuggets to quote! The "guts" of the book is a penetra [...]

    • This was a rather scholarly read given to me by a good friend in the ministry just over three years ago. I enjoyed the book although parts of it were "hard plowing." Two chapters in the book were extremely insightful and quite helpful. They were chapters eight and nine entitled, "On Being a Disciple, or Student, of Jesus," and "A Curriculum For Christlikeness," respectively. Mr. Willard's call to discipleship was outstanding and one that made me really think about personally being a disciple and [...]

    • The Divine Conspiracy is a book of reflections on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. It is less a traditional commentary than a theological reconsideration of the text for the sake of modern readers. In the introduction, Willard says that his hope is too “gain a fresh hearing for Jesus especially among those who believed they already understand him.” This is a good and worthy goal considering that so many Christians today understand Jesus primarily through their reading of the Ne [...]

    • It's a classic. No doubt about it. I heard it in my car some years ago, and recently I felt it was time to read it.It gets "discipleship" right, I think, and the gospel in general. Willard takes the words of Jesus seriously and applies his teaching to our daily lives, answering the question of what it means that the Kingdom of God surrounds us. He is right in his estimation that this is "radical", though not "new", and I think most Christians will find this book incredibly challenging and inspir [...]

    • Mr. Willard applies his philosophical talents to what it means to follow Christ, and the results are sometimes startling. He breaks down, mostly through the Sermon on the Mount, what it means to be a follower of Jesus, showing the simplicity of the Gospel message and revealing with what the church has tended to bloat the message. Rather than a new set of laws, a Christian prescription if you will, the Sermon is largely a description of how someone will act once they have truly grasped the fact t [...]

    • Willard states we must accept that God loves US, that he loves YOU, that he loves ME, that his desire is for NO MAN TO PERISH. Until we accept his Love For Us as the only Reality, we cannot have a relationship with the God who created all things. The depth of this concept is revolutionary in my life. How could I trust a God I fear? Why would I even want to obey or respect a God that is anything less than loving, let alone kind? It has been said that perfect love drives out fear. Hope, Patience, [...]

    • If you like concepts and ideas, this book is for you! If you like concrete examples on how the kingdom of God here on earth is lived out, well there are very few in this book. Those of us who are kinetic learners, who need a feel for how things work before we understand the overall concept of what it is we are viewing, don't get a lot out of this book. If you love academics and love listening to professors all day long, then by all means read this book. The concept of the Kingdom of God here on [...]

    • The opening chapters are definitely the strongest, especially his discussion of the first beatitude--by the end of the book, my interest was definitely waning. If he'd left off writing about halfway through, the book would have been better for it. Willard's interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount is quite often unique, and not always in good ways. It's always difficult to know how to judge a novel idea--is it brilliant truth heretofore undiscovered? Or are the conventional interpretations popu [...]

    • A brilliant exploration of Jesus' call to follow him as not just a decision but a way of life, as expressed through his Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7in the book of Matthew). Willard works from his own paraphrase of the biblical text which at times comes across as a little biased, and the book could do with some longer, more theoretical passages being tightened, but otherwise this is a brilliant book for anyone serious about Jesus' call to discipleship.I read this alongside John Stott's Bible [...]

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