The Divine Conspiracy Continued

Fulfilling God's Kingdom on Earth
Narrated by: Alan Winter
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
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Dallas Willard, the author of the best-selling spiritual classic The Divine Conspiracy, now fulfills his revolutionary vision of how the kingdom of God is made real on Earth in this sequel, the last book he was working on before his recent death.

In The Divine Conspiracy, revered Christian philosopher and scholar Dallas Willard critiqued the church's obsession with "sin management" and revolutionized our understanding of true Christian discipleship. Jesus is not a remote savior, waiting to welcome us into heaven after we die, Willard argued. He is a dynamic living force, a leader and teacher to whom we apprentice ourselves to learn the sacred skills God wants us to embrace, and to fulfill His son's vision when Christ declared that the "kingdom of God has come".

In The Divine Conspiracy Continued, co-written with theologian Gary Black, Willard lays out the next stage in God's plan as this generation of disciples, including ordained and lay leaders, step into positions of authority across our culture and begin to transform the world from the inside out. To fulfill the Christian calling is not to remove oneself from the outside world and take shelter from its shortcomings, Willard reminds us, but to step into the world to lead and serve as agents of change.

©2014 Dallas Willard and Gary Black Jr. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Evangelical Christianity made the OTHER choice!

“Christian educators can work to alleviate the harsh, shame-based judgmentalism that marks so much moral teaching and replace it with teachings that give life, hope, and grace. Christian educators can give their full, critical, and honest effort to comparing, measuring, and discerning which traditions and teachings are most life-giving.”
― Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God's Kingdom on Earth

I think there was a lot of potential in this book, but also several glaring weaknesses. I like it when people (religious or otherwise) are thinking about big, transformative, ideas. Dallas Willard, along with Gary Black, Jr., explores how leaders and professionals both within the Christian Church and in the professions (law, medicine, etc) can carry the positive message of Christianity forward.

It is a very optimistic book and seems to have invested its whole pile betting on evangelicalism RIGHT as the US evangelical movement doubled down on Donald Trump. I'm not an evangelical and wouldn't even be considered a Christian by many evangelicals. But I love the teachings of Jesus and see a lot of potential in Christianity. However, I think there is something desperately wrong in US Christianity (or at least how it is messaging). Troubling and wrong. The results can be seen as the youth run for the door. Before the Church (or its leaders) can worry about transforming economics, medicine, law, and business... it needs to get its house in order. Moral leadership is not something most Americans would equate right now with the evangelical movement. That is unfortunate. Willard and Black argue correctly that an educated ministry would help. I'm just afraid that a book like this and a thinker like Willard (who taught philosophy at USC) is a bit too little a lot too late.

The book was Willard's last work, and he died before it was finished. Gary Black, one of Dallas Willard's acolytes finished the book and completed the work. Having not read much of Black or Willard, it is hard to know whose voice is whose. I find it interesting to gather tidbits from many faith traditions to see where they are as a movement. I've heard good things about Willard. This might not have been the best one to start with since it is more of an unfinished, or hybrid work than his others.

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Wonderful for Leaders and Individuals alike...

I can't express enough how wonderful it is to read the beautiful awesome joy and truth of our Great God from our divinely gifted brothers in Christ Jesus. Keep pressing on toward the goal...

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Wow.

This is the book for leaders and lay people who want to impact the world.