Dallas Willard passed away with cancer today at the age of 77. I’ve always liked Willard. Especially his book, Divine Conspiracy. But when I was reading some biographical material on him today, I now like him a lot more.
Many of his peers were disturbed by his openness to ambiguity and he was often labeled a universalist and a man who slipped into open theology or process theology. It began as a child with his insatiable “why” questions and continued into his teens when he gave his teachers a hard time.
He left the ministry in the early 1960s to study philosophy. He said God told him, “If you stay in the churches, the university will be closed to you; but if you stay in the university, the churches will be open to you.” He studied philosophy because he believed that “Jesus and his teachings and the philosophers and their teaching were addressing the same questions.”
Ambiguity. Questions. Yes!
Here are some questions gathered for his funeral.
They will miss him. So will we.