[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”0062296108″ cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Cn55JUfrL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”110″]Page 2: Dallas Willard – Divine Conspiracy Continued
A book by Dallas Willard would feel incomplete without a discussion of ethics and the nature of truth. Willard discusses questions about moral knowledge and what qualifies as truth. What makes someone a person of character? A good person? What does a good person do? Willard and Black wrestle with these questions in a way that is clear and conclusive. They then describe the role of the good person in a good society. Of course, one doesn’t have to look at the world we inhabit for very long before coming to the conclusion that a truly good society doesn’t exist. Yet this is God’s hope and the disciple’s driving motivation. Society is changed when those who are good people because of the transforming power of Jesus reveal the goodness of God through their love for people within society. Their moral compass rests upon the hope and expectations of a good God who wants good for all people. They reveal the source of true goodness by living out life in the Kingdom of God before all who see and interact with them. They become a voice of hope calling all people to live life differently and more meaningfully.
Willard and Black do a great job of showing what this expansion of the divine conspiracy into the public domain looks like by focusing on the areas of education, economics, politics, and business. Education deals in knowledge, which is crucial to human flourishing, and Willard’s definition of knowledge makes clear that there is often a lack of genuine knowledge. They discuss the area of moral knowledge within an educational system, and as an educator myself, I can see the lack of genuine knowledge that pervades today’s educational system. Willard and Black call Christian leaders both in Christian and secular educational settings to pursue genuine knowledge. I’m interested in seeing the implications of such an approach to education. The authors show God’s interest in the institutions of humanity and the realms of economics and politics. There is a helpful discussion on the role of being stewards of what belongs to God and our role of pursuing the collective good in the public life. The discussion then moves to the business world and how moral ethics can transform an area of society that can often be quite flawed, but is yet a part of everyday life. Again, the divine conspiracy is about a revolution of all society.
The Divine Conspiracy Continued is a brilliant book for professionals and those who want to understand how their everyday lives are meant to make an eternal impact on the lives of others they come in contact with every day. Dallas Willard and Gary Black have painted a brilliant picture of the life of disciples who are so impacted by God’s divine conspiracy that they truly make a difference. The divine conspiracy becomes a pervasive catalyst for human change and visible expansion of God’s kingdom on Earth.
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com