Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, Interviews, and Talks

Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, Interviews, and Talks

by Dallas Willard, Gary Black Jr.


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From Dallas Willard, one of the most important Christian intellectuals of the twentieth century, comes a collection of readings, interviews, talks, and articles—many previously unpublished.

In his groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy, The Great Omission, Knowing Christ Today, Hearing God, The Spirit of the Disciplines, The Divine Conspiracy Continued, and The Allure of Gentleness, teacher, philosopher, and spiritual guide Dallas Willard forever changed the way many Christians experience their faith. Three years after his death, the influence of this provocative Christian thinker—“a man devoted to reestablishing the exalted place moral reasoning once held in the academy” (Christianity Today) remains strong.

Compiled, edited, and introduced by his friend and fellow theologian, Gary Black, Jr., Renewing the Christian Mind is a collection of essays, interviews, and articles that brilliantly encapsulate Willard’s spiritual philosophy and his contributions to theology.

Renewing the Christian Mind offers insight into spiritual formation, avocation, and theology, and includes sections directed at specific audiences, from church leaders to laypeople looking for spiritual counsel and nurture. Reasoned, honest, thought- provoking, and illuminating, this important anthology is an invaluable introduction and companion to Dallas Willard’s acclaimed body of work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062296139
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dallas Willard was a professor at the University of Southern California's School of Philosophy until his death in 2013. His groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy, The Great Omission, Knowing Christ Today, Hearing God, The Spirit of the Disciplines, Renovation of the Heart, and The Divine Conspiracy Continued forever changed the way thousands of Christians experience their faith.

Gary Black Jr. is a professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of The Theology of Dallas Willard, and coauthor of The Divine Conspiracy Continued.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

I Spiritual Transformation 1

1 Transformation of the Mind 3

2 Living a Transformed Life 11

3 Flesh and Spirit 54

4 Beyond Pornography 66

5 Measuring Spiritual Formation 83

6 Spirituality for Smarties 92

7 When God Moves In 105

8 Apologetics in the Manner of Jesus 112

9 A History of Asceticism and the Formation of a Christlike Character 115

10 How to Love Your Neighbor as Yourself 129

II Interviews 135

11 Reflections on Renovation of the Heart 137

12 A New Age of Ancient Christian Spirituality 146

13 What Makes Spirituality Christian? 154

14 Gray Matter and the Soul 158

15 Going Deeper 161

16 Spiritual Disciplines in a Postmodern World 172

17 Getting the Elephant Out of the Sanctuary 191

18 The Gospel of the Kingdom 212

19 Kingdom Living 228

III Discipleship 235

20 Your Place in This World 237

21 The Evolution of Discipleship 246

22 Discipleship How-To 261

23 How to Live One Day with Jesus 275

24 Discipleship as Apprenticeship 280

25 The Disciple's Solidarity with the Poor 285

IV Theology 299

26 Spiritual Formation as a Natural Part of Salvation 301

27 The Faith of Unbelief 320

28 Lessons from the Life of Jesus 325

29 The Foundations of Moral Realization 336

30 The Problem of Evil 353

31 Christian Thought for the Everyday Practitioner 358

32 Truth in the Fire 361

33 Postmodernism and the Christian Faith 385

34 The Failure of Evangelical Politics 390

35 Hermeneutical Occasionalism 411

V Leadership 419

36 The Roles of Women in Ministry Leadership 421

37 A Cup Running Over 425

38 Rules for Religious Leadership 429

39 Principles on Teaching Discipleship for Church Leaders 437

40 The Price and the Glory of Intellectual Excellence in the Christian University 443

41 Leading the Teachers of the Nations 457

Notes 479

Permissions 493

Scripture Index 497

Subject Index 503

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