From a couple of articles here and here about Dallas Willard.
Quotes from the first, earlier profile, are here. Quotes from the second article (a profile by John Ortberg) are here.
On the quest for truth:
“If you could find a better way, Jesus would be the first one to tell you to take it. And if you don’t believe that about him, you don’t have faith in him, because what you’re really saying is that he would encourage you to believe something that is false.”
On scientists and knowledge:
The idea that knowledge—and, of course, reality—is limited to that world is the single most destructive idea on the stage of life today.”
Checking in with God:
“Generally, what I find is that the ordinary people who come to church are basically running their lives on their own, utilizing ‘the arm of the flesh’—their natural abilities—to negotiate their way,” he says. “They believe there is a God and they need to check in with him. But they don’t have any sense that he is an active agent in their lives. As a result, they don’t become disciples of Jesus. They consume his merits and the services of the church. … Discipleship is no essential part of Christianity today.”
Instead of “trying to get people’s papers in order for heaven,” the church began concentrating on helping spiritually hungry people “pursue their life with God.”
In finding sympathy with Willard and John Paul II, it is noted from the Pope, “You are who you are, and not who you would be if the system were different.” (reacting to the hypocrisy required to survive in Communist Poland)
“God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are, and if we faithlessly discard situation after situation, moment after moment, as not being ‘right,’ we will simply have no place to receive his kingdom into our life. For those situations and moments are our life.” – Willard