Last week, Trinity Forum Senior Fellow Dallas Willard died, just a couple of days after publicly confirming a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. He was 77, and leaves behind his wife of many years, Jane, two children, a grandchild, and legions of friends, students, colleagues, and readers who will forever be grateful for the life, example, thought, and work of this extraordinary and humble man.
Dallas served as a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California (USC) for the past 40 years, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum for the past decade. He was a best-selling and prolific author, an ordained minister, an extraordinary thinker, and a gifted translator of philosophy and theology to the curious and thoughtful layman.
But he may be best known for the manner in which he helped so many better know God. He was a passionate advocate for intentional spiritual formation and discipleship, and focused much of his thought and writing on helping the faithful realize “the kingdom of God” – or what he called “the with-God life.”
Dallas also sought to deepen (and as appropriate, correct) the public understanding of knowledge itself. His philosophical publications were concentrated in the areas of epistemology, and the philosophy of mind and logic, and he applied his scholarly insights to the assumptions and fashions of thought of our time. Against the widespread cultural presumption that the scientific or empirical is the only reliable,...