A renowned teacher and writer of the acclaimed "The Spirit of
the Disciplines, "Dallas Willard, one of today's most brilliant
Christian thinkers now offers a timely and challenging call back to
the true meaning of Christian discipleship. In "The Divine
Conspiracy, "Willard gracefully weaves biblical teaching, popular
culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice into a tour
de force that shows the necessity of profound changes in how we
view our lives and faith. In an era when many Christians consider
Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for
the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence. Masterfully
capturing the central insights of Christ's teachings in a fresh way
for today's seekers, he helps us to explore a revolutionary way to
experience God--by knowing Him as an essential part of the here and
now, rather than only as a part of the hereafter.
"The most telling thing about the contemporary Christian,"
Willard writes, "is that he or she has no compelling sense that
understanding of and conformity with the clear teachings of Christ
is of any vital importance to [their] life, and certainly not that
it is in any way essential . . . Such obedience is regarded as just
out of the question or impossible." Christians, he says, for the
most part consider the primary function of Christianity to be
admittance to heaven. But, as Willard clearly shows, a faith that
guarantees a satisfactory afterlife, yet has absolutely no impact
on life in the here and now, is nothing more than "consumer
Christianity" and "bumper-sticker faith."
Willard refutes this "fire escape" mentality by exploring the
true nature of the teachings of Jesus, who intended that His
followers become His disciples, and taught that we have access
"now" to the life we are only too eager to relegate to the
hereafter. The author calls us into a more authentic faith and
offers a practical plan by which we can become Christ-like. He
challenges us to step aside from the politics and pieties of
contemporary Christian practice and inspires us to reject the all
too common lukewarm faith of our times by embracing the true
meaning of Christian discipleship.
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