A primary focus within the mission of The Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center (MIDWC) is to promote and facilitate the expansion of four intellectual commitments that characterized Dallas Willard’s work throughout his career. The four commitments are:

  1. Robust metaphysical realism
  2. Epistemological (direct) realism
  3. The development of comprehensive, integrative models of the human person
  4. The development of objective tests—empirical and non-empirical—for different Christian formative practices that can help to place spiritual formation in the domain of public knowledge.

The Book and Research Awards initiative is one way that the MIDWC works to promote and recognize exemplary scholarship that addresses Dallas Willard’s four primary concerns for the Christian spiritual formation movement and the broader academic and church communities.

The Winners for 2016

Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice
Angela H. Reed, Richard R. Osmer, and Marcus R. Smucker
Baker Academic

 

“The Husserlian Roots of Dallas Willard’s Philosophical and Religious Works: Knowledge of the Temporal and the Eternal”
Greg Jesson
Philosophia Christi

 

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Finalists in the book category for 2016

The Living God and the Fullness of Life
Jurgen Moltmann, translated by Margaret Kohl
Westminster John Knox Press

The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy
Susan S. Phillips
InterVarsity Press

The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible’s Truth about Life to Come
Scot McKnight
WaterBrook Press

Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice
Angela H. Reed, Richard R. Osmer, and Marcus R. Smucker
Baker Academic

Deep Church Rising: Rediscovering the Roots of Christian Orthodoxy
Andrew G. Walker and Robin A. Parry
Cascade

Finalists in the article category for 2016

“Tweaking Dallas Willard’s Ontology of the Human Person”
J. P. Moreland, Talbot School of Theology
Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

“The Doctrine of Theosis: A Transformational Union with Christ”
Michael W. Austin, Eastern Kentucky University
Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

“The Husserlian Roots of Dallas Willard’s Philosophical and Religious Works: Knowledge of the Temporal and the Eternal”
Greg Jesson
Philosophia Christi

“Entering the Trinity: Living In The Circle of ‘Us'”
Darrell Johnson
Conversations

“Putting on Christ: Spiritual Formation and the Drama of Discipleship”
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

The Winners for 2015

Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier
Robert Emmons

Robert Emmons is a professor at the University of California, Davis, and one of the leading scholars in the positive psychology movement. He is the editor of The Journal of Positive Psychology, and has received multiple grants from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Emmons visited Westmont College on November 12–13, 2015 to be presented with the award, speak in chapel and give a Provost’s Lecture.

 

 

“Faith,” in R. Douglas Geivett and Mike Austin, eds., Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life (Eerdmans, 2012).
Paul Moser

Paul Moser is an American analytic philosopher who writes on epistemology and the philosophy of religion. He is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and past editor of American Philosophical Quarterly. His work draws from epistemological and theological insights of Blaise Pascal.

Prize

The winning authors receive a cash prize and are invited to perform some on-campus function (e.g., public lecture, chapel talk, panel discussion, etc.).

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