The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus

The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus

by Dallas Willard


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The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus by Dallas Willard

The revered Christian author whose bestselling classics include The Divine Conspiracy and The Spirit of the Disciplines provides a new model for how we can present the Christian faith to others.

When Christians share their faith, they often appeal to reason, logic, and the truth of doctrine. But these tactics often are not effective. A better approach to spread Christ’s word, Dallas Willard suggests, is to use the example of our own lives. To demonstrate Jesus’s message, we must be transformed people living out a life reflective of Jesus himself, a life of love, humility, and gentleness.

This beautiful model of life—this allure of gentleness—Willard argues, is the foundation for making the most compelling argument for Christianity, one that will convince others that there is something special about Christianity and the Jesus we follow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062114099
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 207,014
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dallas Willard was a professor at the University of Southern California's School of Philosophy until his death in 2013. His groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy, The Great Omission, Knowing Christ Today, Hearing God, The Spirit of the Disciplines, Renovation of the Heart, and The Divine Conspiracy Continued forever changed the way thousands of Christians experience their faith.

Table of Contents

Preface Rebecca Willard Heatley xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Beginning to Think for Christ 7

Hiding from God 11

What Is Knowledge? 13

Reason Is a Gift from God 16

The Spirit of Apologetics 16

At the Mercy of Our Ideas 17

What Is Truth? 18

Correcting Our Ideas Through Discipleship 20

The Meaning and Method of Life in the Spirit 21

Chapter 2 The New Testament Charter On Apologetics 23

A Model for Dealing with Doubt 26

The Nature of Faith 28

The Context of Apologetics 29

Apologetics Is for Everyone 33

In Gentleness, Fear, and Good Conscience 33

The Result of a Truly Happy Life 35

Chapter 3 Biblical Apologetics 37

The Role of Reason 44

What Apologetics Is Not 46

Confident, Humble, Generous, Open Servants 52

Chapter 4 Faith and Reason 55

Human Reason Under Grace 61

Why Is God Not More Obvious? 65

God's Omniscience 66

Why Is There a Hell? 67

"They Are Without Excuse" 70

Why the Physical World Cannot Be All There Is 71

The Physical Causes for Any Event Cannot Be Infinite 73

Commonplace Myths of the "Big Bang" and of "Cosmic Evolution" 75

Order Comes from Minds 76

Reading E = mc2 from Left to Right 77

God's Involvement in Science and Technology 80

Faith to Build Your Life On 81

Chapter 5 Communication Between God and Humanity 83

The Process of Creation 88

Building on What's Already Been Established 90

God's Good Purposes in Human History 92

The Friend of God 97

The Uniqueness of Jewish Culture 99

Animal Sacrifice 100

God Works Within the Culture 102

Is Scripture Perfect? 104

Chapter 6 The Problem of Pain and Evil 111

A Formally Valid Argument 114

Benevolent and Powerful 114

Separating Pain from Evil 116

The Value of Pain 117

Rejection of the Argument 119

Is God Responsible for All Evil? 120

If God Is Good 121

"In a Perfect World" 123

Why Won't God Do It My Way? 124

There Is No "Good" Without "Evil" 125

Character Development 125

The Importance of Order 127

Dilemma Dissolved 128

The Christian Response 129

Human Responsibility 134

The Other Problem of Evil 135

Jesus as Our Model 136

The Hound of Heaven 138

Chapter 7 Living and Acting with God 141

Does God Speak to Us? 147

Hearing God Speak 147

Learning the Master's Voice 150

A Personal Example 151

Objections to Hearing from God 152

Testing What We Hear 153

The Three Lights 154

The Reality of a Personal Relationship with God 155

Our Interaction with God 156

Living in the Twenty-Third Psalm 158

Praying and Saying 161

The Fate of the Fig Tree 163

When to Pray and When to Say 164

Power in the Name 165

The Ultimate Apologetic 168

Acknowledgments 171

Notes 173

Resources for Further Study 177

Scripture Index 181

Subject Index 183

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