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

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

Dallas Willard / Sep 20, 2019

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

  • Title: The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus
  • Author: Dallas Willard
  • ISBN: 9780062114099
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 wo 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

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      • Dallas Willard

        DALLAS WILLARD was a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles He taught at USC from 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982 1985 He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin Madison, 1960 1965 , and has held visiting appointments at UCLA 1969 and the University of Colorado 1984 His undergraduate studies were at William Jewell College, Tennessee Temple College B.A 1956, Psychology and Baylor University B.A 1957, Philosophy and Religion and his Graduate education was at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin Ph D 1964 Major in Philosophy, Minor in the History of Science.


    1. I was so looking forward to this last book, published posthumously, by Dallas Willard. Every one of his books sits on my shelf. I have learned much from his writings. Alas, I encountered primarily disappointment. This is the book that Willard had intended to write, perhaps even had begun, but it was not to be due to the cancer that took him. So it is pieced together from lectures, notes and outlines by his daughter. It promises a new view of apologetics, but fails to deliver.What is most missing [...]

    2. This book is based on a series of lectures and was edited and published posthumously by Willard's daughter. Target readers are Christian laiety who want to share their faith with skeptics. As the title implies, there are ways to do it and ways not to do it. Willard offers arguments for the existence of God and sensible guidelines for discussing one's faith with interested and receptive friends, based on his own gentle style, which he learned from scripture and a lifelong personal relationship wi [...]

    3. Wonderful read. Apologetics is not about engaging in intellectual debates and arguments to win people to Christ. It calls for the gentleness of Christ in walking alongside seekers in their attempts to know the truth. It is the work of aiding, enlightening, and helping the seekers experience Christ. Our conduct must embodies the message and Person we want to communicate.

    4. A unique book on apologetics, Willard invests some ink in one's manner in doing apologetics, that it is not a contest to win, but that it is a helping ministry, a ministry by which we are assisting individuals by using our God's-given reason (while trusting the Holy Spirit) to help people come to faith in God. He stresses that apologetics is not just a ministry to those who are not believers, but also to those who do believe but who struggle with doubts in one or more areas.Willard highlights th [...]

    5. bookstore this past summer. Number one reason was that I felt challenged by an earlier book of his, Spirit of the Disciplines. That book helped me better understand the place of solitude, prayer, meditation, sacrifice, and service in the Christian life. Another reason for my interest was that, according to the subtitle, about defending the faith in the manner of Jesus. I've been going through a season of reading about apologetics and Willard's approach intrigued me. There's much I appreciate All [...]

    6. Dallas Willard talks apologetics. So much better than anything else I've encountered that has to do with apologetics.Apologetics, as defined by Willard, is "a ministry that uses thinking and reasoning, in reliance on the Holy Spirit, to assist earnest inquirers in relinquishing disbelief and mistrust in God and God's good purposes for humankind." Apologetics has come to be defined by terms like defense and argument and debate but Willard points out that it is a "loving service" and to engage in [...]

    7. Willard's treatment of the subject comes at a different angle than most, establishing first and foremost that apologetics is a serving ministry in which we examine "What are the hard questions that smother faith?" It is not an in-depth, comprehensive approach to apologetic argumentation, but chock full of succinct insight and pertinent scripture to meditate on. Emphasis is placed on the believer seeking to work with the Holy Spirit "in gentleness and reverence. We surrender our powers and use of [...]

    8. Dallas Willard tackles apologetics with a strong emphasis on using reason and experience in a way that invites the seeker and the believer into ever deepening belief. Willard disparages the arrogant apologetic that is often used today and stresses gentleness and good will as well as a readiness for genuine listening and engagement, not for a 'win', but for the good of one another. i appreciated the spirit in which Willard leads us into deepening faith.

    9. A really good primer on apologetics. Answers some timely questions most believers have or will ask. And, as the title suggests, Willard ensures the reader knows apologetics should be done with gentleness.

    10. God bless Dallas Willard's daughter. She brought together some of his last talks and edited them into book form. It's a final word from one who was brilliant in teaching apologetics and evangelism by way of discipleship.

    11. The first thing that struck me as I journeyed into this book is that it's not just a book on apologetics. It's a Dallas Willard book on apologetics. So really it's a lot of Dallas Willard's ministry focus (Kingdom living) with some apologetics sandwiched in there.The thing I most appreciate about Willard's teaching in general is how he'll define things you assumed you had already fully conceived and bring into focus that which you already thought was clear. He has this way of taking the things y [...]

    12. Fascinating and refreshing are not words that normally come to mind when reviewing books on Christian apologetics. But these are words that capture my feelings as I finished this modified transcript of talks given by Dallas Willard before he died. The book addresses, though not as deeply as other books on apologetics, the expected topics of theodicy, reliability of spiritual knowledge, first causes, evolution, etc. However, it also makes three assertions that I've not encountered in other such b [...]

    13. This is one of those books that I can only half-agree with, yet earns five stars for its approach and message. More conservative readers will appreciate the book most. Willard considers the work of apologetics as extremely important. “Being mistaken about life, the things of God, and the human soul is a deadly serious matter.” About such things he and I will disagree, yet I still enjoyed the book immensely.It is, like other effective apologetics books, a “feel-good defense” rather than a [...]

    14. When I was in seminary and a District Superintendent from my home Conference (Northern Illinois) came out to Iliff in Denver to see how we who were from the Conference were doing, he asked me about my passions for ministry. I told him about all that I was learning in seminary, how exciting it was to be learning it, how I wish someone had told me about some of this before I got to seminary (for it would have saved me a lot of unnecessary heartache, worry, and misunderstanding about the Christian [...]

    15. The book includes some excellent material on faith and reason, the logical argumentation of Jesus in the gospels, some very interesting thoughts about hell (“hell is simply the best God can do for some people”), and discussions of materialism, science, technology, the problem of evil, and much more. The content here is concise, deep, and thought-provoking while remaining clear and accessible. I plan to go back through it again.The book centers on the ultimate apologetic: a life grounded in t [...]

    16. A few months ago, I saw this book show up as a pre-buy on and immediately purchased it. To say that I could not wait for it to come was a bit of an understatement. Yesterday, I saw that it was out for delivery and I couldn't wait to get home and get started.The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus (2015) by the late Dallas Willard is an exceptionally good book. It is unusual for me to be sad when I have finished a book, though I wish this one had kept going.Willard, [...]

    17. Apologetics, according to Dallas Willard, is to be understood as serving others with the aim of helping them to solve or resolve the issues that smother faith. This service, says the author is just as needed to overcome the doubt within the church as it is to overcome the doubt without. The "Allure of Gentleness," both the title of this book and the way in which the attractive manner of our service ought be characterized, removes necessary hindrances and makes a way for God's truth into the live [...]

    18. This was a wonderful book completed posthumously Dallas Willard’s daughter. Giving that it was not actually penned by Willard, I was initially concerned about the quality of the book, by this concern was unfounded. The material from the book was collected from a series of talked by Dallas Willard which had been recorded. This created something beautiful. Not only were the words taken from Willard, but they were considerably simpler than the typical Willard prose, since they were based on what [...]

    19. Scholars talk about ipsissima vox and ipsissima verba - the voice and the words of the speaker. This book no doubt contains the words of Dallas Willard but it very much captures his voice. Many of his 'written books' have his words but less of his voice: they are dense and towards obscure. However his talks (many available on hiswebsite) were full of content but had a lightness of touch and were shot through with his good humour. This is neither a long book nor a complicated one. Willard sets ou [...]

    20. The idea of this book is to teach a Christian how to do apologetics but to do it gently. A quote from the intro sums it up nicely, "what is not fitting is for apologists to engage in debates and arguments with an antagonizing, arrogant spirit. Indeed, the best way to make the intellectual aspects of apologetics more effective is to combine them with the gentle spirit and kind presentation."Dallas Willard didn't technically write this book. He and his daughter had the idea to pull this book toget [...]

    21. A unfinished apologetic Dallas Wiilard is best remembered for his writings on the spiritual life. But, he was a philosopher — he taught philosophy for many years — and also gave quite a bit of thought to the philosophical defense of the Christian faith. This book is one example of his thinking along these lines. His concern here is how to present a winsome and attractive case for the Christian faith. What he presents are traditional arguments for Christian theism — but he also emphasizes t [...]

    22. This book has a great premise, presented clearly, and I admire it. I even heard a wonderful sermon this Sunday that called to mind the thoughts as presented in this book (I have gotten two-thirds of the way through the book). However, I, so far, have had trouble reading books by Dallas Willard, largely because of their tone, and that includes this one. I can't pinpoint it. I have watched him speak, as a lecturer and as a conversant in a series of talks involving him, Richard Foster and John Ortb [...]

    23. There was much to like in this book but it was not a particularly well written book. Willard died before he could put this book in print. His daughter wrote the book using his notes and sermons. "Reason is is a natural human process or behavior very much like seeing or walking." "we are to be humble, generous, and open toward other people." " we are here to learn and for that we need humility."

    24. The present day of apologetics and defense of one's faith has taken an ugly turn - particularly on the social media platform. Willard reminds us that Jesus never changed anyone's mind by bullying or intellectual one-upping. Instead, Jesus desired to serve, not convince - and always with a gentle spirit. The best defense we have to offer is the way we live out our daily lives in interaction and reaction with others.

    25. The gentle way of apologetics Apologetics conducted in a gentle way rather than in a competitive debate is shown to be much more effective. The late Dr. Willard, in a most readable style, encourages the reader to approach the ministry of apologetics with the intent to dispel doubts the believer or unbeliever may have about Christianity for the benefit of that person. In my opinion, this is a 5 star read on the subject of apologetics.

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