The Substance of Consciousness
May 23, 2023
November 17, 2011
“Our current social situation is one in which there is no knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong, duty and virtue, presented as knowledge by our institutions of knowledge—primarily those of “higher education,” including divinity schools.”
Because of the “disappearance of moral knowledge,” Dallas wants to say, in our institutions of knowledge, “ethics” has become nothing more than a discussion about the dialectic of theories; contact and integration with moral reality is not the focus today.
But, Dallas counsels, “To force moral knowledge into an inappropriate form, and to fail to identify a constant primary subject, is to insure its failure.”
“The recovery of public moral knowledge and its effective presentation to the world is going to be up to Christians and, more specifically, to the “evangelical” Christians, regardless of denomination. “Evangelical” thinkers and scholars—because of their calling and training—must be at the center of such a recovery. They will have to assume the role of ‘teachers of the nations'” (here, see Dallas’ wise chapter, “Teachers of the Nations,” in Knowing Christ Today)
Dallas Willard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. More info available at www.dwillard.org.
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