Neither Because nor in Spite of: A Critical Reflection on Willard's Read of the Beatitudes
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
In The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard offers a much-needed corrective to a prevailing understanding of the Beatitudes according to which they are virtues or conditions for blessing in God's kingdom. Unfortunately, Willard weds this corrective to an implausible read of the more positive sounding beatitudes (e.g., purity of heart and peacemaking) according to which they are vices or unattractive conditions in spite of which one can be blessed. In what follows, I hope to rescue the main thrust of Willard's gloss on the beatitudes from his interpretation of these particular traits.
Beatitudes; Dallas Willard;
Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care
DOI of Published Version
Ten Elshof, Gregg A., "Neither Because nor in Spite of: A Critical Reflection on Willard's Read of the Beatitudes" (2010). Faculty Articles & Research. 596.