, Willard favorably references inside the book panentheist Catholic monk Thomas Merton as well as Agnes Sanford.
It is our estimation that Dallas Willard and Richard Foster have done a terrible disservice to the body of Christ and to the work and furtherance of the Gospel.
where he identified Richard Foster and Dallas Willard as key players in the movement (p. The evidence is there for those who are willing to study this matter.
Roger Oakland was correct in including these names in his booklet on the emerging church.
If we could establish that this type of extra-biblical prayer is similar to an eastern-style meditation that Christians should not be engaged in, we would need to then look to see how this has entered the church and through whom. Now, about Dallas Willard (John Ortberg is a disciple of Willard so we will not bring him into this letter for sake of not allowing this article to get too lengthy – see the end of this article for some Ortberg links).
At this point, we would like to recommend two articles we have written that concisely explain and document 1) the roots of contemplative prayer and the connection between it and eastern style and occultic meditation, and 2) the significant role that Richard Foster has played in bringing contemplative spirituality into the evangelical church. What we have to say about Dallas Willard is really only going to be understood if one understands contemplative spirituality.