Dallas Willard

Dallas Albert Willard (b. 1935) is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has taught at USC since 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). [1]


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Willard is a philosopher, not a theologian. An example of his sloppy theology may be seen in the quote below which implies (1) one can earn salvation, and (2) one may be saved without knowing Christ:

  • "What Paul is clearly saying is that if anyone is worthy of being saved, they will be saved. At that point many Christians get very anxious, saying that absolutely no one is worthy of being saved. The implication of that is that a person can be almost totally good, but miss the message about Jesus, and be sent to hell. What kind of a God would do that? I am not going to stand in the way of anyone whom God wants to save. I am not going to say "he can't save them." I am happy for God to save anyone he wants in any way he can. It is possible for someone who does not know Jesus to be saved. But anyone who is going to be saved is going to be saved by Jesus: There is no other name given under heaven by which men can be saved." - Apologetics in Action


  • The Spirit of the Disciplines (1990)
  • Divine Conspiracy (1998)
  • Hearing God (1999)
  • Renovation of the Heart (2002)
  • Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible, ed., (2005)
  • Revolution of Character (w/ Don Simpson - forthcoming)

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