Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge by Dallas Willard

By Dallas Willard

At a time while well known atheism books are speaking in regards to the irrationality of believing in God, Willard makes a rigorous highbrow case for why it is sensible to think in God and in Jesus, the Son.

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K N OW L E D G E IS A LWAY S P O L I T I CA L But it is right—in fact it is knowledgeable—to be concerned about the effects of knowledge and claims to knowledge. They have huge inf luence, for good or ill, on human life and well-being. It is not just that “knowledge is power,” in the sense of power to manipulate physical, social, and psychological processes. It is also political power—power to lead and inf luence people, institutions, and governments. We are right to be wary of those who claim to know.

Their response to the king was that they did not even need to think about it (Dan. 3:16–18). Their God would or would not deliver them, but in either case all was well. They would not bow. Jesus announced in the Beatitudes that even the most deprived and insignificant people on earth could be blessed by living in the kingdom: the poor, those who were grief-stricken, those without reputation or standing (the meek), and so forth. About them he said, “Blessed are they, for theirs is the kingdom of God” (Matt.

What is reality? The answer Jesus gives to this question is: God and his kingdom. That is what you can count on and what you have to come to terms with. ” Trinitarian personality is, for him, the last word on the universe. ” He is dependent on nothing but himself, and says “I am that I am” (Exod. ” K n o w i n g Chr i st To day 51 The “kingdom” of this ultimate being is the range of his effective will. It is, in the simplest possible terms, where what God wants done is done. In theological terminology, the kingdom of God is God reigning.

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