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.

2018 Book
Award Winner

The Science of Virtue: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church

by Mark R. McMinn

2018 Research
Award Winner

“Neuroscience, Spiritual Formation, and Bodily Souls
Brandon Rickabaugh and C. Stephen Evans

Finalists in the Book Category for 2018


The Character Gap: How Good Are We?

By Christian B. Miller

Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It’s Not about You

By Sharon Hodde Miller

The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us

By Scot McKnight

The Testimony of the Spirit: New Essays

Edited by R. Douglas Geivett and Paul K. Moser

The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb

By Jamin Goggin, Kyle Strobel

Finalists in the Article Category for 2018

“Neither Mereology nor Magic, but Teleology”
Jason Bowers
The Southers Journal of Philosophy

“Suffering in God’s Presence: The Role of Lament in Transformation”
Elizabeth Lewis Hall
Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

“An Ontology of the Spirit”
Stephen T. Davis
Testimony of the Spirit

“The Testimony of the Spirit and Moral Knowledge”
C. Stephen Evans
Testimony of the Spirit 

“Craig, Anti-Platonism, and Objective Morality”
R. Scott Smith
Philosophia Christi

The Winners for 2017

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

By James K. A. Smith

Meeting God in Scripture: A Hands­ On Guide to Lectio Divina,

By Jan Johnson

Rational Faith: A Philosopher’s Defense of Christianity

By Stephen Davis

Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering

By Makoto Fujimura

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