Thinking Deeply: Dallas Willard (1935-2013)

Dallas Willard

In loving memory of a friend, a scholar, a theologian, a fellow servant of Jesus Christ: Dallas Willard September 4, 1935 – May 8, 2013. 

He began his teaching career at Wisconsin before arriving at USC in 1965. He was chairman of USC’s philosophy department from 1982 to 1985 and retired in 2012. His works include “The Great Omission,” “Renovation of the Heart,” “The Divine Conspiracy.” 

At the outset of his career, Dallas considered becoming a pastor. Instead, he pursued a Ph.D. and became a professor, teaching at University of Southern California for over 40 years. He once remarked “if I had gone with the church, the university would have been closed to me. But pursuing a career in academia, both the university and the church have been open to me.” 

Here’s a five minute clip of of Dallas speaking at a Veritas Forum at UCLA in 2003 on “What Is Truth? A gifted speaker, thinker, and Christian leader. He left an incredible legacy. He will be very missed.

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