Spiritual Philosopher Dallas Willard Dies at 77 After Battle With Stage 4 Cancer

Dallas Willard, an American philosopher, professor and author specializing his studies in Christian spiritual formation, died early Wednesday morning at age 77 after enduring a battle with stage four cancer.

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Over the years, I have been blessed by the work of Dallas Willard – primarily his emphasis on spiritual disciplines and on pursuit of the kingdom of God.  I’m not an expert on Willard; I’d even say there’s a lot about him I do not know.  I just know that I’ve experienced grace in what I have received from him.

I’ve mainly experienced his teaching through his writing, but here’s a brief example of his teaching in video form:

“Everyone in life has a purpose, even if it’s to serve as a bad example”

“Everyone in life has a purpose, even if it’s to serve as a bad example”  ― Carroll Bryant

Think of Cain, Esau, Pharoah, Balaam, Absalom, Jezebel, and many other biblical characters who went astray from the paths of righteousness.

Thus:

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

That is, learn from the bad examples; don’t be one!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Scientific Method and the Bible

The opening paragraph of the Wikipedia article on “The Scientific Method” reads as follows:

The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the scientific method as: “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.”

Or, as Michael puts it, “I thought the scientific method could only make claims about what was observable and repeatable?”

It is ironic, therefore, when atheists use “science” to “disprove” biblical accounts of creation and the flood since those events are neither observable nor repeatable by scientists.