The Theology of Dallas Willard:
Discovering Protoevangelical Faith
Theology of Dallas Willard

From the back cover:
Evangelical Christianity in the United States is currently in a dramatic state of change. Yet amidst this sometimes tumultuous religious environment a rather unique blend of both ancient and contemporary Christian theology has found its way into the hearts and minds of emerging generations of Christians. The Theology of Dallas Willard both describes and conveys the essence of this increasingly popular and perhaps mediating view of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Blending both a prophetic critique with pastoral encouragement, Willard's unique understanding of the reality present within a life lived as a disciple of Jesus in the kingdom of God is attracting both new and traditional Christians to reconsider their faith.

Gary Black, Jr. is Chair of the Advanced Studies Department, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, and Assistant Professor of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. His Ph.D. dissertation was the first to organize and track Dr. Willard's influence in today's culture. Gary's theological specialization focuses on the changing nature of American evangelical theology and the effects and opportunities that exist for the Church during the transition toward an increasingly post-Christian culture. His passions lie in helping current and future church leaders navigate the evolving realities of our world while discovering and achieving their own discipleship through the process of spiritual formation, leadership development, and transformational scholarship.

Gary serves on the Board of Dallas Willard Ministries and is a dear friend of the Willard family. Dallas enjoyed working with Gary on this project, and hoped that this book would help spread the vision that transformation toward Christlikeness should remain the overarching focus and intent of any Christian revival, renewal or restoration movements.

More to Come: Gary and Dallas were in collaboration on three additional writing projects. The first, a co-authored sequel to the Divine Conspiracy, was largely assembled prior to Dallas' death and completed earlier this summer to be published by HarperOne in early 2014. The second is a book on heaven and the afterlife, influenced by Dallas's thinking and reflecting on his own passing. Both books were what Dallas hoped would be the completion of his series on the Kingdom of God. The third work is a Dallas Willard Reader that he agreed to let Gary assemble to help college students or those coming to Dallas's works for the first time. Although we miss Dallas greatly,we are grateful that significant contributions to his writings are still to come.


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Table of Contents:

Foreword by Scot McKnight

Chapter 1: Willardian Theology in Context

Modern Evangelical Theology
Contemporary Evangelical Movements
Contemporary Context

Chapter 2: The Willardian Adaptation

Biblicism in Willardian Theology
Conversionism in Willardian Theology
Activism in Willardian Theology
Crucicentrism in Willardian Theology

Chapter 3: Essentia Dei And The Protoevangelical

Chapter 4: The Willardian Correction
Belief vs. Faith
Gospels of Sin Management
Doctrine of God

Chapter 5: Realism, Postmodernism And Willardian Theology
Moderating the Divide

Chapter 6: Conclusion


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