Friday, January 14, 2011

The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God, by Dallas Willard


The opening chapters are definitely the strongest, especially his discussion of the first beatitude--by the end of the book, my interest was definitely waning. If he'd left off writing about halfway through, the book would have been better for it.

Willard's interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount is quite often unique, and not always in good ways. It's always difficult to know how to judge a novel idea--is it brilliant truth heretofore undiscovered? Or are the conventional interpretations popular for good reason? Still, he has intriguing things to say, and the exposition of the Sermon on the Mount is well worth the read.

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