• Knowing Christ Today

  • Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge
  • By: Dallas Willard
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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Knowing Christ Today

By: Dallas Willard
Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
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At a time when popular atheism books are talking about the irrationality of believing in God, Willard makes a rigorous intellectual case for why it makes sense to believe in God and in Jesus, the Son.
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Logical to a fault

I read reviews of this book on other websites, and it was getting 5-star ratings across the board. Either that, or 1-star ratings, from people on the opposite end of the academic/religious/political spectrum from Willard. Here are my reasons for giving it 3 stars:

Christian ideas, Willard argues, have been largely dismissed by our culture in that they are perceived to be "beliefs", as opposed the "knowledge", which has a stronger and more direct relationship with universal reality. He calls for Christians (and everyone else, for that matter), to gain respect for, and confidence in Christian ideas by treating these ideas the way we would treat any historical or scientific knowledge. So far, this is a relatively defensible position, although from here Willard breezes through a series of "proofs of God's existence", known to be controversial, and chooses not to address the controversy. He repeatedly decries our "postmodern age", and "the current state of academia", and seems to long for a vague and long lost Golden Age when Christian ideas were commonly respected in the academic and everyday world.

Had the book stopped here, I would have assigned it a poorer mark, and dismissed it as yet another example of crotchety Christian conservatism bound to alienate readers who are not already on board with such ideas. However, the final chapters of the book are quite illuminating. This book is worth reading, if only for Willard's discussion of the relationship between accessing knowledge, adopting beliefs, and obtaining salvation. In this capacity, he is more generous and broad-minded than I had expected he might be, offering a defense for a sort of "Christian Pluralism", without suggesting that any individual might choose from a multiplicity of "pathways to God".

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Not a Story, Solid Food for Thought

I return to this audiobook time and again when I need to be strengthened and encouraged in my faith. Dallas Willard Rings the best and most rigorous academic thought to contemporary issues and misconceptions about what it means to be a disciple of Christ in our time. Book is well written and this version is well read by David Heath.

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missing chapters?

the audiobook completely skips chapter 4? it's doesn't even say chapter 3 either, but says chapter 5?

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Good read (listen)

I really learned a lot about how to live faithfully for Christ here and now in His Kingdom and the importance of world views in communicating with others about Christ. Will definitely need to listen again or read the book to fully digest some of the concepts.

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Wisdom.

Dallas Willard articulates Biblical wisdom in a very lucid and understandable way. Great reader too.

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True Knowledge True Life

Here is another book that I not only listen to but I will purchase. It helped me understand that I can not only know that truths of the Christian faith, but that it is True Truth. This book helps prepare me to not only live in this world but to live for the next world.

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Knowing Christ Today DW's best for me

Somehow this audio book took me into a place where I had not been before, where faith moved on to knowledge, and different perspectives made me yearn to hold onto this new reality. An excellent work with subtle and yet powerful truth for every person desiring a closer walk with Jesus.

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Good content, poor execution

This book is worth a listen, but I have found this publisher does not seem to care where the chapter breaks go. I really appreciate listening to books by Dallas Willard, but chapter breaks in the middle of chapters and never in the right place just annoy me. Also, I wish they titled their chapters.

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Homerun!

Willard, as is his custom, deepens our walk of faith by encouraging us to act upon what is ultimately true. We can KNOW; we can have moral knowledge. Furthermore, we can be wrong in our moral knowledge. Explore all this and more in Willard's classic work.

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  • Amanda Ballinger
  • 04-24-18

Amazing

Very helpful. Provides so much knowledge. Very relevant to current day and thought provoking. Useful for helping you articulate your faith to others